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Homeless announcement expected in Manchester

Growing concern over the number of homeless people in Manchester Credit: PA

A major announcement's expected later about pioneering new steps to help support homeless people in Greater Manchester.

It follows a pledge by Metro Mayor Andy Burnham to end rough sleeping in the next 3 years.

It's understood proposals include the use fire stations as shelters... and allowing GPs to treat people without a permanent address.

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Growing concern about homeless in Manchester. City discusses extra beds and other ways to help.

Manchester's growing concern about homeless on streets Credit: PA

A report on tackling homelessness in Manchester is being discussed by the city council today.

The Manchester Homeless Partnership will hear details of extra beds being made available during winter and plans for the Council to buy homes to provide more temporary accommodation for people who have lost their homes.

It comes within hours of the charity Human Appeal launching their Wrap Up Manchester campaign for people to donate coats.

Charity's Christmas drive for Manchester's homeless

Help Manchester's Homeless are appealing for donations for Christmas Credit: Help Manchester's Homeless

A Manchester homeless charity are appealing for donations ahead of the Christmas period.

Help Manchester's Homeless are appealing for essentials, including toiletries, clothing and food items. The group of local volunteers are hoping that they can provide a hot meal and care package to every homeless and isolated person in their area.

The packages will be given out at a Christmas event on Saturday 23rd December at Apostles Church, Ancoats.

For details of drop-off locations you can visit the group's website here.

Andy Burnham introduces reforms in a bid to end rough sleeping in Manchester

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Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has announced a number of reforms in a bid to end rough sleeping in the city within the next three years.

These include using all 41 fire stations as shelters and allowing GPs to treat people without a permanent address.

This report from Tim Scott

Elbow's Guy Garvey helps homeless with new video

Guy Garvey narrates new video to help Manchester's homeless Credit: PA

'Elbow' frontman Guy Garvey has narrated in a new video aimed at helping Manchester's homeless.

The singer is fronting a campaign as part of the Manchester Homelessness Charter.

The Big Change Campaign asks people to donate spare change to homelessness organisations rather than individuals.

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Number of rough sleepers in Manchester doubles in a year

Shoppers pass a rough sleeper in Manchester Credit: PA

In the run up to Christmas nearly twice as many people are sleeping on the streets of Manchester than last year.

The final figure of 70 rough sleepers will be submitted to Government and is based on 46 people found sleeping outside and 24 people in the 27 tents counted – the other three tents were being used for storage. The figure last year was 43.

The former Hulme Library building and the former Beech Mount Children’s Home in Harpurhey are the first two buildings earmarked as overnight shelters for rough sleepers. These new buildings along with the other bed spaces opened up by the council in three buildings which had previously operated as shared houses will mean up to an extra 165 bed spaces will be available across the city for rough sleepers this winter.

Homelessness is a major priority for the council. We cannot ignore this issue which is why we have already increased the number of bed spaces available to rough sleepers. And these statistics prove that the approach we are taking in opening up our empty buildings to house people who need shelter is the right one.

If we can get people off the streets we can provide access to specialist support and services as well as the help and assistance they need to become independent again and off the streets for good.

– Councillor Paul Andrews, executive member for Adult Health and Wellbeing
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