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Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham opens homeless helpline for young people

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The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, will open a helpline service today that will offer support to young people affected by homelessness in Manchester.

The Centrepoint Helpline is an information and advice service for young people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, available by phone, webchat or email.

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The purpose of the Helpline is to increase early prevention and ensure that more of the young people facing homelessness in Greater Manchester receive the advice and support that they need to access safe and stable housing.

At the same time the 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester face a collective funding shortfall of £1.2M, which is needed to cover the costs of assessing and providing prevention and relief to all of the 16 to 24-year-olds who are approaching them affected by homelessness.

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Centrepoint estimates that one in three young people who contact the Helpline meet the requirements to be considered as ‘priority need’ for housing support and of those contacting the Helpline 43 per cent are sofa surfing, 19 per cent live with family and 11 per cent are sleeping rough.

Most of the young people who contact the helpline for advice do so because of a family breakdown (64 per cent), highlighting what is widely considered the leading cause of youth homelessness.