Boost for homeless people in Tameside
Thursday 5th October 2017 @ 10:54 by Adam Higgins
News Tameside

Housing association New Charter Homes has secured two five-year contracts to help reduce homelessness in Tameside.

The social landlord, which owns around 16,500 homes across Greater Manchester, has been successful in retaining its contracts with Tameside Council to deliver its statutory homelessness duties and supported temporary accommodation.

Through Tameside Housing Advice, New Charter will continue to support customers who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

This involves triage and casework, and in the past 12 months the service has prevented 900 people from becoming homeless.

The supported temporary accommodation contract will provide people with short-term housing followed by help to settle back into the community.

The service will work with Tameside Housing Advice and New Charter’s existing domestic abuse and family support projects and will include training and employment opportunities, tenancy support and health awareness.

New Charter is currently working with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and the wider Greater Manchester Housing Providers group on a homelessness strategy for the region.

Kerrie Pryde, New Charter’s assistant director of commercial and partnership services said: “Helping to reduce homelessness has always been a top priority for us and we’ve been delivering results on behalf of Tameside Council for more than 16 years now.

“We’re proud that our achievements are continuing to be recognised through the renewal of these important contracts and we’re looking forward to discussing a Greater Manchester-wide strategy with our housing colleagues and the new Mayor.”

Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive director with responsibility for housing and homelessness, added: “I am delighted that New Charter is to continue to work with us over the next five years to continue to reduce homelessness.

“Tameside Council and New Charter have built up a very productive partnership and I’m sure we’ll be able to improve on it. It is a partnership that plays a key role in tackling homelessness and I am sure it will go on to do even better work.”