Today we are excited to announce the official launch of the Booth Centre Community Hub, a holistic, flexible approach to homelessness prevention. We recognise that preventing homelessness is so much less damaging to a person’s life and of significantly less cost to society and services, than homelessness alleviation. This project offers a targeted approach to prevention work with a dedicated team and both strategic and operational aspects.
The Booth Centre Prevention Hub is more than a place; it's a community, a support network, and a pathway to a brighter future. More widely, preventing homelessness has positive effects on the community, such as safer streets, a healthier society, reduced strain on healthcare services, and increased business investment. It also brings significant cost savings for the local authority and other organizations in the system.
We provide a holistic, whole-person way of working whilst building relationships with partners across the city to ensure all citizens of Manchester can have a safe place to call home and a good quality of life. From specialist support to help people sustain their accommodation and overcome housing insecurity to our volunteering and activities programmes that help people find purpose and direction, the support delivered is person-led, asset-based and has no fixed time limit.
The Prevention Hub is accessed via the Community Hub referral form and is open to all. Individuals can refer themselves, be referred on behalf of an external agency or access the support directly through the Booth Centre through our wider service offer.