A scheme that aims to support homeless people in Greater Manchester into a home of their own is being rolled out in Bolton, Bury and Rochdale.
Regenda Homes is working with Petrus Community and The Bond Board to roll out this third phase of the Greater Manchester Housing First (GMHF) project.
Housing First uses housing as a platform to enable individuals with multiple and complex needs to begin recovery and move away from homelessness.
The approach was first developed by Pathways to Housing in New York in the early 1990s. It has since been adopted in several major cities in the United States as well as in many other countries, including Denmark, France and Finland.
The project is said to be already seeing results in Manchester, Oldham, Stockport and Tameside and will soon be rolled out in Salford, Trafford and Wigan.
“We’re delighted to be a part of the Greater Manchester Housing First consortium, who bring together significant experience and expertise to help tackle homelessness and support people off the streets,” said Andy Carberry, Regenda Homes’ director of care and support.
“We’re particularly excited to be working with Petrus Community and The Bond Board across our zone and are looking forward to contributing towards Housing First’s international success.”
HMHF is endorsed by the Greater Manchester Housing Providers and led by Great Places Housing Group. The consortium also includes Riverside, Jigsaw Homes Group, Stockport Homes Group and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust and will help to deliver over 400 new homes for people previously sleeping rough, or at risk of homelessness, across all 10 local authority areas of Greater Manchester.
Regenda Homes is the GMHF zone lead in Bolton, Bury and Rochdale, with Petrus Community and The Bond Board providing accommodation and support to people who use the service.
“There is a growing number of rough sleepers in Rochdale and across Greater Manchester, and we want to be a part of a bigger solution and help find everyone a home,” said Rekha Patel-Harrison, head of Petrus. “Housing First is based on people’s strengths, goals and aspirations, which we already believe is key to success. We can’t wait to implement this across our zone.”
Andrew Beeput, chief officer of The Bond Board, added: “‘Housing First provides a great opportunity to work together to deliver much needed accommodation and support to some of our most vulnerable residents. Everyone needs a place to call home and we look forward to being part of a Greater Manchester wide effort to make a real difference to the lives of the homeless so they can re-establish themselves in the community and move forward in their lives.”