New grants awarded to Manchester homelessness charities

The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has announced new grants from his homelessness fund, after spending time talking to rough sleepers about their needs.

Andy, who has called for an end to rough-sleeping in Greater Manchester by 2020, has made dramatically reducing homelessness in the region a priority. He personally puts 15 per cent of his salary into the fund each month.

The latest funds to be awarded by the fund include a £20,000 grant to the charity Stop, Start, Go (SSG) which is creating brand new accommodation for rough-sleepers in Manchester who are ready to seek employment. A further £3,500 grant was also approved for charity Emmaus who will use the money to teach homeless people trades to create an extra bedroom for rough sleepers in Bolton.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Homelessness Fund was launched on Andy Burnham’s first day in office on May 8, 2017, and has raised more than £50,000 with more than 500 individual pledges and donations from local people and organisations over the past three months.

His first grants were awarded in June to charities from across Greater Manchester and the second grant announcements today total more than £25,000.

The SSG grant is part of a £300,000 project to provide accommodation for rough-sleepers looking for employment. The remainder of the funding for the project is being supported by Manchester City Council and the Edward Holt Trust.