A Government-backed scheme designed to improve the lives of some of Greater Manchester’s most vulnerable people has seen Great Places Housing Group support over 50 rough sleepers into secure accommodation – over 30 per cent more than initial targets!
The Social Impact Bond is a £1.8m, private-sector funded three-year programme that aims to tackle rough sleeping across Manchester and Greater Manchester.
One Manchester and Trafford Housing Trust lead on the project and Great Places is one of three delivery partners and one of 16 housing partners involved in the project.
Great Places’ original target was to try and get 38 rough sleepers off the street and into accommodation. Despite being under resourced and with exceptional demand, the Great Places SIB team has just supported the 52nd rough sleeper into a home – way above target.
Emily Cole, Business Partner for Independence and Wellbeing at Great Places, said: “This is truly an exceptional achievement, with the team achieving amazing results in the most challenging of circumstances.”
Since the SIB launched in December 2017 more than 500 people have been referred and retained after initial estimates suggested only 300 would be eligible. The purpose of the scheme is to help rough sleepers in:
- Finding and keeping a home
- Ensuring support is provided to find employment, education or training
- Providing intensive support around people on an individual basis
- Enabling people to access specialist support services around mental health and addiction
Greater Manchester’s SIB is one of seven across the country and the largest outside the capital. Recently more funding was secured to help the SIB team try and meet demands. Click here to read more.