GREATER Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Salford city mayor Paul Dennett will be launching a new £3.7 million housing development to prevent homelessness this week.
The pair will team up to cut the first sod at a new housing development delivered by ForHousing on May 30 in Salford, which could see up to 39 new homes built for people at risk of becoming homeless.
The one-bedroom self-contained apartments will transform three former garage sites in Eccles that had become hotspots for anti-social behaviour.
Planning approval has been secured at one of the sites, Haddon Road, where work is now under way. Two other sites on Vicars Street and Somerset Road are awaiting approval.
The scheme is intended to help address a shortage of low-cost supported accommodation available to people at risk of homelessness by providing homes for social rent.
More than 5,500 people are homeless across Greater Manchester and more than 1,000 are homeless in Salford.
“It is a simple fact of life that, when people are settled in one place and their basic needs are being met, they can start to move forward again,” said Burnham.
“A big part of reducing levels of homelessness in the long term is to build more homes for social rent. Greater Manchester is on a journey towards a better understanding of the homelessness crisis and, hopefully, better solutions to it.”
Salford’s Paul Dennett added: “There is a huge shortage of affordable housing, in particular one-bedroom properties which are so desperately needed.
“These new homes will go a long way to helping people get a roof over their heads. Providing more affordable homes for people to live in continues to be one of my top priorities.”
The new homes are being built by landlord ForHousing and will be let at a low cost sub-social rent. They will be inclusive of all associated utility bills and service charges.
ForHousing, part of the ForViva Group, said it will provide support to each tenant for two years to link them into employment and training opportunities, and long-term accommodation.
“We know that accessing affordable, sustainable accommodation is a significant and growing challenge for many people, especially those at risk of homelessness,” said Nigel Sedman, group director of homes.
“We are committed to helping to tackle and prevent homelessness. Everyone deserves a safe, warm place to call home. A home is the building block to a brighter future.
“This new development will provide high-quality homes along with vital support to enable tenants to fuel their potential, secure work and long-term accommodation beyond the life of the tenancy.”
The development has been designed by JDA Architects and will be built by Bridgestone Construction.
A grant of £1.46 million has been secured from Homes England towards the scheme.
The first site of the development is scheduled for completion in spring 2020 with the other two sites completing in summer 2020.