On Friday 6 Sept 2019, Mayor Andy Burnham announced a £6m funding package for the second phase of the flagship A Bed Every Night scheme.
400 places have been commissioned up to June 2020 to end the need for rough sleeping in all Greater Manchester boroughs. This marks a substantial increase on the 300 beds available in Phase 1. It is hoped that the extra provision will mean that there should be a place for every person seeking support. As with Phase 1, support will be limited to people whose last address was in Greater Manchester.
As well as increasing the number of places, Phase 2 seeks to improve the quality of support. Provision will be more varied ensuring that people’s specific needs can be met, including women-only spaces, provision for couples and, through the greater involvement of NHS colleagues, those with complex needs such as addictions and mental health. There will also be more options for people with dogs.
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