Homelessness in Greater Manchester
Homelessness is growing even more rapidly since the pandemic. Dormitory style shelters have been closed because of social distancing, and those who find themselves homeless have been given hotel rooms for the short term. But this can’t last.
Homeless people often have to wait for local authority housing for several years. Those housed can find themselves very lonely once they’ve been housed leading to a shocking proportion returning to the streets for community.
Resettlement is key. There is a lack of resettlement workers in Greater Manchester meaning that little assistance is available to find employment, accommodation or home visits after resettlement. The majority of Embassy’s staff team are resettlement workers and resettlement is our priority
We quickly realised short term emergency accommodation wasn’t enough, so 5 months after our first guest stepped onto the bus, we employed our first full time Resettlement Manager. Now we have employed several resettlement workers. This, coupled with growing offers of work from local companies meant we quickly became a resettlement programme. Now that we offer our successful applicants residency in one of our houses, it means that they are no longer homeless and they have their own bedroom 24/7 so our team of resettlement workers and volunteers can work much closer with them.
Our residents are given the opportunity to work at one of our Corporate Partner’s businesses so that they can save up first month’s rent and a deposit and be guided through the process into private rental accommodation, all with the support of our highly skilled Resettlement Manager. We also visit re-housed guests regularly for up to 6 months after they leave our accommodation. This unburdens council housing waiting lists, our ex-residents no longer rely on benefits and we help them to successfully settle and live happily in their new home.
Ultimately, we want our residents to recover from the street, discover that they are loved by God and people, that they have a life full of purpose, get into work, get into private accommodation and then remain part of community so that they are stable going forward.
A Special Thanks
We’re grateful to be partnering with The Peel Group who have made land available for what we expect to be a fantastic development that will enable Embassy to give 40 people their own front door, training and routes into employment. We will share more details on this venture upon securing planning permission.
Embassy is looking for more Corporate Sponsors to offer funds to help us run the project. Click below to find out how you can make a difference.