As you will have read, the Greater Manchester Housing First partnership is expanding and we are commissioning for new partners.
This will enable the pilot to attract delivery partners to scale the delivery of the Housing First service to achieve the outcomes required and support people accessing the service to progress.
Once appointed, the pilot will have four new partners and 12 new workers.
The tender has been split into four tranches that define specific service specialisations and/or geographic locations and these were defined in response to emerging and unmet needs seen by the pilot and our LA partners:
1. Gender informed/specific service providing expertise in working with women. Covering Manchester city region. Employing three Housing First workers.
2. Gender informed/specific service with expertise in engaging and working with younger people (18 - 25). Covering Rochdale, Bury and Bolton. Employing three Housing First Workers.
3. Offender support service with expertise in engaging and working with current and ex-offenders. Covering Oldham, Tameside and Stockport. Employing three Housing First workers.
4. Complex behaviour management service. Covering Trafford, Wigan and Salford. Employing three Housing First Workers.
The aim of this commissioning process is to bring additional delivery partners on-board with these specialist skills to broaden the reach of the partnership and to upskill all the workers across the pilot in the specialist skills need to address the cohort defined in the tranches.
We are particularly interested in bring on board smaller SME/charity/Volunteer sector organisations as part of our capacity building agenda across Greater Manchester.
All new GMHF workers employed by the additional delivery partners will be inducted into the housing first pilot and provided with training in delivering housing first principles and values as well as having the expertise of the existing partners available to them.
Over 40 organisations have reviewed the bid pack and 13 different bids have been received across the four tranches, these are being assessed by a combined team of people with lived experience from our co-production panel, the lead partner team and Great Places social value and environmental impact procurement specialists.
Once marked, the successful organisation will be invited to an interview to allow for more in-depth analyses of their bid, their organisational values and expertise and their fit for the needs of the pilot.
We are planning to announce the result in early November with the new delivery partners joining the partnership in January 2021.