It is not always an easy decision to move off the streets into emergency accommodation but for many this is the only option available. People with complex needs may not find the additional support they need making any stay difficult for them and others, sleeping in communal areas can make people feel vulnerable at a time when they need strength or people may find themselves stuck in emergency accommodation for months which can have a detrimental effect on one’s mental and physical health.
On Friday 30th August organisations from across Manchester came together to launch Manchester’s Emergency Accommodation Minimum Standards. The launch marks the outcome of months of significant collaborative efforts of the groups and individuals who collectively form The Manchester Homelessness Partnership. The MHP Emergency Accommodation action group is led by Amanda, Booth Centre CEO, alongside people who visit the centre and have first-hand experience of the types of issue that can be encountered.
The minimum standards and vision for 2022 are to ensure that Manchester has the highest possible standards for emergency accommodation to help people who are rough sleeping to make the choice to move inside. These standards have been drawn up with people who have experience of staying in emergency accommodation and people who provide and commission accommodation and support services. “I’m pleased that so many organisations have pledged their support,” said Gary, Booth Centre volunteer.
This is a significant step towards raising awareness of the challenges people face when trying to find suitable accommodation, and ensuring Manchester leads the way in providing people with the safe, secure and dignified surroundings that everyone deserves.
Read more about the standards and watch a short film here