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 400 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 eight 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.
The pilot is co-ordinated by a Central Team led by Programme Lead Emily Cole, supported by Project Manager Mike Hughes, Data Co-ordinator Charlotte Phillips and Quality and Assurance Manager Daniel Allman.
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
Zone B - Bolton, Bury and Rochdale. Zone lead – Petrus (part of the Regenda Group)
Zone C - Oldham, Stockport and Tameside. Zone lead – Jigsaw
Zone D - Salford, Trafford and Wigan. Zone lead and lead partner - Great Places.
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.