A new homeless hub offering beds and support for rough sleepers has opened in Leigh.
The hub is part of a package of support measures Wigan Council is rolling out to support homeless people in the borough.
A range of services and support are to be provided from the new hub, but the council said it has opened up the overnight accommodation aspect of its future homeless provision. This means that rough sleepers referred to the facility can use the emergency beds and support services seven days a week.
“This is an important part of our new approach to addressing rough sleeping in the borough and is a really exciting development that brings together many services and community providers so we fully understand the circumstances of every individual,” said Councillor Terry Halliwell, cabinet member for housing and reform. “This will ensure they receive the best possible support and ultimately, end the need for them to rough sleep.”
The council is teaming up with local charities and other agencies, in what it calls “enhanced partnership working”, to provide bespoke support at the hub. This, it is claimed, will allow every individual re receive the personalized help they need.
Over the coming months, the council said further services will be offered from the hub and an official launch will be held in October.
In addition to the Leigh facility, the council has said it is committed to developing a Wigan-based hub. This is said to be in the early stages of planning and development.