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Greater Manchester handed £3.8m 'devolved homelessness package'

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Greater Manchester CA is to receive almost £3.8m to develop a city region-wide approach to tackling homelessness, it has been announced.

The funding was confirmed by communities secretary Sajid Javid yesterday and comes from the Department for Communities & Local Government’s £50m homelessness prevention fund. Greater Manchester is the first of 28 areas designated as homelessness prevention “trailblazers” by the DCLG to be announced.

The funding was announced ahead of a visit to the region by Theresa May who revealed that progress was being made on a housing deal with Greater Manchester which it is hoped will be agreed early next year.

Mr Javid said: “Greater Manchester has always been at the forefront of devolution and this is a landmark moment – the first devolved homelessness package.

“I’m confident that the proposed plan will reach the needs of the city’s most vulnerable people and set a precedent for what other ambitious city regions can do.”

The homelessness cash will be used to develop 24 hour services across the 10 boroughs and develop a database to improve information sharing between the councils, as well as supporting the development of a new social letting agency to help individuals struggling to secure accommodation. It will also support tailored health services for homeless people, building on the area’s health devolution agreement.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham (Lab) said: “We very much welcome this announcement by the government. This extra help is well-timed, much-needed and good news for Greater Manchester.

“It is a recognition of the innovative work underway here to help people sleeping rough, bringing together our public, private and voluntary sectors in a ground-breaking partnership.”

Tackling homelessness was a key pledge in Mr Burnham’s manifesto.

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