Published: 26th Mar 2020

The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has launched a £5m fund to house the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic. 625 hotels rooms have been made available to house the city-region’s rough sleeping population and those in shared hostels to help protect them from the risks posed by coronavirus and allow them to self-isolate. A further 375 hotel rooms are being sourced in the next 48 hours. Manchester already runs the successful A Bed Every Night scheme which operates emergency accommodation in each of the 10 boroughs. However, with much of that accommodation reliant upon the use of shared spaces such as bedrooms and kitchens, an alternative solution has been sourced as an urgent priority. Across Greater Manchester, officials estimate roughly 1,000 individuals will require hotel rooms, including 720 who will have moved out of shared emergency accommodation and an estimated 280 who might be expected to slept rough over … (To read the full article, subscribe below)