Homelessness Guidance & Real Change MCR

CityCo Manchester sits on the board of The Manchester Homelessness Partnership.

The MHP is a network of people experiencing homelessness, Manchester homeless charities, voluntary groups and businesses who are all working together to tackle the problem.

Partners include The Bishop of Manchester, Wood Street Mission, Riverside Housing, The Booth Centre, Lifeshare, Coffee4Craig, Mustard Tree, The Men’s Room, Barnabus, Manchester Action on Street Health, Back on Track, Boaz Trust, On the Out, MACC, JustLife, Reach Out to the Community, Greater Together Manchester.

The MHP Guide for Businesses includes guidance for people working with people who are homeless and sleeping-rough, ideas to consider in certain situations, and more about the different forms of homelessness and how to help.

If you would like a briefing or training session on any aspect of street homelessness, please email operations@cityco.com.

Homelessness Support Services

There are more than 25 local agencies offering support for homeless people in central/just outside central Manchester. View service providers list.

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Representing Homelessness in the Media

CityCo has pledged to support the Manchester Homelessness Partnership in trying to improve how homelessness is represented in the media.

The causes of homelessness are complex, and often are the result of structural factors. Without public understanding of the extent of homelessness in the UK and the myriad of causes, the sensationalised approach (often seen in the media) has a damaging impact and slows down the institutional reform that is needed for change.

Rough sleeping is just the tip of the iceberg, but accounts for the vast majority of media coverage related to homelessness. This can cause problems off camera for the people involved – who despite being in a vulnerable position, are not afforded additional legal or safeguarding protections.

MHP Media Guidelines

Real Change MCR

Businesses are rising to the challenge to make a difference to people who are sleeping rough across Manchester by supporting Real Change MCR.

The fund is accessed by 29 homelessness organisations and charities in Manchester who support people who are or have been sleeping rough. It helps those people access the items they need to help support them move to a life away from the streets.

The fund relies on donations from individuals and businesses. It is a way in which individuals can directly help support people who are sleeping rough, and help them leave the streets and start a new life.

Since the fund started in 2016 more than 1,600 people’s lives have been supported and more than £310,0000 has been raised.

Real Change MCR is appealing to businesses across the city to come up with innovative ideas in the way in which they can make a difference and help to keep Real Change MCR funds topped up to help people in crisis.

To donate to Real Change MCR visit realchangemcr.co.uk

Case study from Barnabus – “From rough sleeping, trauma, prison and addiction to thriving in a home of his own”

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St John’s Homelessness Initiative

The St John’s Manchester Homelessness Initiative is a joint commitment from all organisations involved in the St John’s Manchester property development in central Manchester.

This includes Allied London, Laing O’Rourke, McLaren, DWP, Riverside, Adept Corporate Services, Bruntwood, GMCA and All+ Management.

All have pledged to contribute towards ending homelessness through awareness-raising, inclusive employment and fundraising.

The initiative is a collaboration between developers, construction contractors, supply-chain organisations, CityCo Manchester, Manchester City Council, charities and people who have personal experience of homelessness.