Manchester secures £5.2m funding to build ‘supported accommodation’ for rough sleepers

The Council says the funding will help the former homeless "rebuild their lives".

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 29th November 2023

Manchester has secured a whopping £5.2 million in funding to build new ‘supported accommodation’ designed to house rough sleepers.

After an application submitted to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Single Homelessness Accommodation Programme (SHAP) has been approved this week, Manchester City Council says it’s eager to help the former homeless “rebuild their lives”.

This means that, by working in partnership with housing and support providers Humankind, Jigsaw, and Great Places, the Council will oversee the creation of 42 units of supported housing across three different schemes.

The schemes are for single people with a history of rough sleeping and longer-term support needs. 

According to the Council, these people will stay in this accommodation and receive personalised support until they are ready to “take the next step to independent living”. 


This new £5.2 million funding allocation from the Government covers both the cost of creating the accommodation – which must be completed by March 2025 at the latest – and revenue funding to help run it for its first three years of opening.

“We are working with a range of partners to tackle the homelessness challenge on all fronts, from prevention in the first place to helping people into permanent, settled homes,” explained Cllr Joanna Midgley, who is the Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council.

The Council says the funding will help the former homeless “rebuild their lives” / Credit: Ethel Red (via Flickr)

“Securing this £5.2m funding for the city will help us create much-needed extra accommodation for those being helped off the streets who need significant long-term support before they are ready to live independently. 

“It’s only part of a wider response but it will be a welcome addition to the accommodation and support available.” 

The news of the successful application comes after the Council published its plan to get rough sleepers off the streets of Manchester and into temporary accommodation this winter back in early November.


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Efforts in the city will be “stepped-up even further” in the coming months to encourage people sleeping rough to “come inside and access the wider support available”.

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