The Government has announced £20 million of funding for a new scheme aimed at getting people on the brink of losing their home into a private tenancy.
The initiative, launched on World Homeless Day, means local councils can bid for funding from a £20m fund to keep people from becoming homeless.
The plan also places a responsibility on the NHS, Job Centres and prisons to flag anyone at risk of homelessness to the local council.
Prisoners make-up a large number of rough sleepers in Manchester. Last year alone, around 400 inmates left prison without a home to go.
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, said: “It is vital we give people facing homelessness a route out of it and a chance to rebuild their lives. The private rented sector has an important role in this.
“This £20 million fund will allow councils to put in place vital new schemes so that those at risk will have the support to secure their own tenancy.
“It is just one part of the wide-ranging work we are doing to help tackle all forms of homelessness, including our Rough Sleeping Strategy as we ensure more homes are made available for those in need.”
If you are homeless, or are concerned you may become homeless, please contact Housing Options Service Trafford by emailing HOST@salixhomes.org or call 0161 912 2230.
If you become homeless outside of their normal opening hours, contact the Emergency Duty Team by telephoning 0800 218 2000.
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