What is GM Housing First?
Housing First is an evidence-based approach, which uses housing as a platform to enable individuals with multiple and complex needs to begin recovery and move away from homelessness.
The Greater Manchester Housing First (GMHF) pilot is commissioned for three years by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) with funding from Ministry of Homes, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
The Pilot launched in April 2019 with the aim of rehousing more than 300 people, over the three years, who are homeless or at the risk of being homeless across all 10 Greater Manchester Boroughs.
GMHF is a partnership between 12 organisations across Greater Manchester.
Great Places Housing Group is the lead partner, alongside Riverside; Petrus (part of the Regenda Group; Jigsaw Homes Group; Stockport Homes Group; Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust,The Bond Board, MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health), Community-Led Initiatives, Early Break and Humankind and Creative Inclusion.
The pilot is co-ordinated by a Central Team and they are supported by Zone Leads, Team Leaders and Housing First Workers.
The pilot was organised into four zones by GMCA and the partnership set up with a lead delivery partner for each zone:
Zone A – Manchester. Zone lead – Riverside, Manchester Action on Street Health
Zone B - Bolton, Bury and Rochdale. Zone lead – Petrus (part of the Regenda Group), Early Break
Zone C - Oldham, Stockport and Tameside. Zone lead – Jigsaw Support, Stockport Homes Group, Community-Led Initiatives
Zone D - Salford, Trafford and Wigan. Zone lead and lead partner - Great Places, Humankind
Each Delivery Partner has a Housing First team consisting of a Zone Lead, a Team Lead(s) and Housing First Workers (HFWs).
Each Team Lead is responsible for six HFWs, importantly the caseloads of the HFWs is limited to six-seven referred people to allow for high levels of bespoke support to be delivered.
Partnership incorporating housing, health services, the community and voluntary sector and people with lived experience.
Open and fair service treating people as equal citizens with an open and fair service provided by all the delivery partners. Caps on delivery and equal salaries for all frontline workers.