Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP) have reaffirmed their commitment to work alongside Metro Mayor Andy Burnham to tackle the housing crisis.
This week marks Mr Burnham’s first year in office and he held a special event to reflect on the progress of the past year and set out the next steps to tackle homelessness.
Representatives from GMHP were in attendance and spoke at the event to highlight the work we have been doing to deal with the housing crisis.
Greater Manchester’s first ever Mayor Mr Burnham called upon the Government to make housing a basic human right and vowed to continue with his commitment to end rough sleeping in the region by 2020.
He has urged the Government to introduce a new Housing Bill, extending powers to local authorities enabling them to build more homes for social rent – a notion that is backed by GMHP.
Mr Burnham said: “Here in Greater Manchester, there is no shortage of passion and determination to do something to help. But that urgently needs to be matched by people in Parliament and Government showing the same.
“Any night spent on the streets causes immense damage to people’s physical and mental health. Housing is a health issue and in this, the 70th anniversary year of the National Health Service, what better way of marking than by extending the right to healthcare to safe housing.”
Over the past 12 months, GMHP has worked alongside Mr Burnham on a raft of measures to tackle the housing crisis and support some of the most vulnerable people in Greater Manchester.
More than 60 of the region’s most vulnerable homeless people now have a roof over their head thanks to the ground-breaking Social Impact Bond (SIB) project, which we launched in partnership last year to support some of the city region’s most entrenched rough sleepers.
A further 270 homes have been made available for homeless people and the Mayor’s Homeless Fund now stands at £106,000.
During the event, which took place at The Sharp Project yesterday (Tuesday, May 8), GMHP also revealed the work that’s being done to regulate the private rented sector to improve the standard of housing on offer.
Speaking on behalf of GMHP, Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes in Salford, said: “Since his very first day in office, Andy Burnham made a firm commitment to solve the housing crisis that grips our region – and GMHP has been proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with him to tackle this critical issue.
“As we look back on the Mayor’s first year in office, much progress has been made and we are starting to see some real positive outcomes. However, we recognise that there is a long and challenging journey ahead, and GMHP has reaffirmed its commitment to working with Mr Burnham to ensure every person in our region has a safe place to call home.”