GMHF land CIH Northern gong

The Greater Manchester Housing First pilot hit the headlines last week as they won Housing Team of the Year award at the CIH Northern Housing Awards ceremony.

The team were given the award at the Hilton in Gateshead after fighting off very strong competition from a shortlist of eight other organisations.


The pilot has now supported 295 people into a safe and secure home of their own and have been shortlisted for another award – the UK Housing Awards – in London on Thursday.


On announcing the pilot as the winner, the CIH said: “This fantastic pilot has changed, and in some cases saved lives, because of the unique way it has operated. It's helped people who had been repeatedly failed by services to rebuild their lives.”


Programme Lead Martine Whitehead added: “It’s fantastic to win the award but more importantly to showcase the amazing work of colleagues and the wider partnership.


“As we await details of future funding for Housing First pilots, it’s a timely reminder of how effective the model is and how incredibly our colleagues have performed in extraordinary circumstances."


Mike Hughes, GMHF Project Manager, added: "We are so chuffed to have won and to have shared our success with the team was an amazing experience.


"It's a testament to the hard work of so many people across Greater Manchester as together, we are making a difference."


The pilot has also been featured in the CIH's Good Practice Compendium, which features a breakdown of the pilot and how we have operated during the pandemic. Click below.

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