HOUSING SUPPORT FOR
Our programmes focus on helping entrenched rough sleepers to get off the streets and build a new life, by providing the intensive emotional and practical support they need.
KEY BENEFITS OF THIS APPROACH
The switch to outcomes-based contracting has enabled a much more collaborative, flexible approach to problem-solving. This has facilitated a number of significant delivery innovations, including:
Personalisation funds that Delivery Partners can spend on whatever is needed to help their service users improve their wellbeing and achieve their desired outcomes.
Investing in additional support services: a mental health nurse was hired to accelerate the diagnosis and referral to mental health / drug and alcohol support services and to provide a more flexible and integrated approach.
Adopting an asset-based approach, whereby participants are supported to build on their own interests and hobbies.
Development of a unique partnership that brings together specialist homelessness delivery partners with housing providers, maximising the opportunity of sustained change for rough sleepers.
IN FOCUS: ROUGH SLEEPERS IN MANCHESTER
The Greater Manchester Homes Partnership (GMHP) is a unique collaboration between local housing providers, social investors and three leading homelessness charities. GM Homes works with entrenched rough sleepers over a three-year period to get them off the streets and help them build a new life. That means providing the intensive emotional and practical support they need to maintain successful tenancies, and to access appropriate health, training and employment services.
GMHP works to provide the right homes, in the right places, at the right times. They offer flexible, local, long-term support and each individual has a dedicated contact worker, who helps them access services and opportunities they might not otherwise be able to access.
The flexibility of this programme allows GMHP to try different approaches to tackling homelessness. This not only benefits those who are rough sleeping but helps others understand how to deliver services to these vulnerable people in the future.
“Everything has worked out really well for me, and I’d say to anybody who is going through a similar thing to me, ‘keep going, and I hope for the best that everything will work out for you as well’. Now I just want to put what I’ve been through behind me, relax, and keep on doing what I’m doing and get on with living a good life”.
Rough sleepers have received support
Have entered education
Have sustained accommodation for over 12 months