New Grants Announced Today By Mayor's Homelessness Fund

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A charity which gives accommodation for rough-sleepers in Manchester who are ready to seek employment has received £20,000 from a city homelessness fund.

The award has been announced made from the charity which was set up by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham.

A further £3,500 grant was also approved for church-based charity Emmaus who will use the money to teach homeless people trades to create an extra bedroom for rough sleepers in Bolton. 

Andy said: “I am personally committed to this. I am putting my own money into the fund and I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have done the same. Together I absolutely believe we can end rough sleeping and put a roof over everyone’s head in Greater Manchester. 

“This morning I went into the city centre at daybreak to talk to those sleeping rough. I want to hear from them about their experiences and get their ideas about what is needed.

"I will do that every three months to reassure myself and everyone else who contributes to the fund that the money is being spent on real solutions and improvements that make a difference. I want to meet people on the streets and make sure we’re connected our work with what they need.

"I want to see a reduction in the number of people sleeping rough for myself.” 

The Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Homelessness Fund has raised more than £50,000, with more than 500 individual pledges and donations from local people and organisations. 

His first grants were awarded in June to charities from across Greater Manchester and the second grant announcements today total more than £25,000. 

The SSG grant is part of a £300,000 project to provide accommodation for rough-sleepers looking for employment. The remainder of the funding for the project is being supported by Manchester City Council and the Edward Holt Trust. 

In Bolton, the £3,500 grant to Emmaus will create an additional bed for rough sleepers in the town by training homeless people in building trades and asking them to create the room. 

Andy, who has called for an end to rough-sleeping in Greater Manchester by 2020, is personally committed to dramatically reducing homelessness in the region.

He puts 15 per cent of his salary into the fund each month and made his latest donation today.

To donate to the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Homelessness Fund visit the site.

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