New Homelessness Charter Launched

Greater Together Manchester was thrilled to be asked to make a pledge at the launch of the new Homelessness Charter on Monday 9th May at the Friends Meeting House.

The charter outlines the principles that establish how people experiencing homelessness should be treated and how the city intends to deal with the problem.

It calls for action from those who agree to adopt the charter values to make a pledge to demonstrate their support.

The Right Reverand David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, made a personal pledge to chair the Partnership Board that will drive forward the work of the charter, and also made the following pledge on behalf of Greater Together Manchester and the Diocese of Manchester:

“Greater Together Manchester, in partnership with the Diocese of Manchester, will provide emergency accommodation for rough sleepers via the rolling Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter. We will seek funding to increase the duration to 6 months over the winter of 2016/17. We will seek additional partners, in order to increase the size of provision without compromising quality. The Diocese of Manchester will also encourage its Churches to adopt the vision and values of the Manchester Homelessness Charter, and to make their own pledges to help end homelessness.” 

Greater Together Manchester has also made a committment to sit on the Emergency Accomodation Action Group to support with the ongoing development of emergency accomodation for Winter 2016/17 and into the future.

The Homelessness Charter has been developed by groups working alongside people affected by homelessness, with their voices at its core. The charter is the city’s new approach to tackling homelessness.

At the launch, Mustard Tree‘s Jez Green, who has been appointed to lead the development of the charter, said that it’s aim was to “end homelessness in this city. And nothing else is satisfactory.”

Manchester’s Homelessness Charter has brought together city leaders, faith groups, businesses, the voluntary sector, street charities and Manchester City Council in a united front to tackle the problem of homelessness in the city.

Speaking in support of the charter, Bishop David said “When you find yourself homeless, and almost any of us can, your health, life expectancy, job chances and relationships all drop through the floor. It can be a long, hard journey back. Working together within the Manchester Charter is our best chance both to help people on that journey of recovery, and to reduce the numbers who fall into the trap of homelessness.”

To find out more about the charter, or to find out how you or your organisation can make a pledge, visit the Street Support website.