Great Places is proud to be working in partnership with the LGBT Foundation to provide accommodation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) survivors of domestic abuse across Greater Manchester.
The LGBT Foundation recently secured grant funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for a one-year pilot following the work that Greater Manchester Police did to become the first area of the UK to record domestic abuse in the LGBT community.
The partnership between Great Places and the LGBT Foundation came about after we were approached by Manchester Council as an existing provider of independence and wellbeing services in the area.
The first of its kind, the pilot will offer an alternative solution to mainstream domestic abuse services for people at risk of homelessness, and help meet the gap in accommodation provided.
As part of the pilot we have provided three fully furnished flats in Salford which will act as temporary accommodation, all with extra security measures in place. Customers will be able to live in the flats for six months or until they are in a position to move to permanent accommodation.
Funding has already been extended pending a new bid to the Ministry to expand and further develop the project. The outcome of this will be communicated later in the year.
The pilot coincides with our pledge to tackle domestic abuse in partnership with charities Women's Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance. It is also in line with our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy, where our 2017 focus was the LGBT community. We have continued this work throughout 2018 alongside our commitment to supporting people who are experiencing domestic abuse, particularly within the housing sector.