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Transforming lives by providing safe, secure housing for homeless people

The Greater Manchester Housing First (GMHF) pilot aims to rehouse and support over 300 people with multiple and complex needs who are homeless or at risk of homelessness across all ten Greater Manchester boroughs.

Commissioned for three years by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority with funding from the Ministry of Homes, Communities and Local Government, GMHF launched in April 2019 and has since rehoused over 280 people with a tenancy sustainment rate of 87%.

GMHF is a partnership between GMHP members, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, partners in the private rented sector, and homelessness charities and support providers which uses housing as a platform to enable individuals with complex needs to begin recovery and move away from homelessness.

The GMHP partners involved have played a key role in the project’s success. Accommodation offers are the lifeblood of the pilot’s success, and of the 282 homeless people that have been rehoused through GM Housing First, the vast majority have been placed in a home provided by the GMHP partners who have volunteered to pledge properties to the pilot.

Now in its third year, GM Housing First gives people who have experienced homelessness and chronic health and social care needs a stable home from which to rebuild their lives, and provides a range of intensive, person-centred, holistic support.

GM Housing First in numbers

300

homeless people permanently rehoused

171

people on the programme rehoused for 6+ months

86%

tenancy sustainment rate

344

homeless people on the programme

GMHP members have been key to GMHF’s success, pledging their commitment to provide the hundreds of homes that are essential to the service. We've demonstrated flexibility and gone the extra mile to offer people homes that meet people’s specific needs and are in the right area for them, close to family, existing networks and support services. The pilot has gone from strength to strength and is proving not only that the model works at scale, but that the Housing First pilots should be made permanent.