Manchester Homelessness Partnership

Co-producing solutions to end homelessness

What is the Manchester Homelessness Partnership?

The Manchester Homelessness Partnership (MHP) is a network of organisations which formed to work together towards the aims and values of the Manchester Homelessness Charter. Our goal is to end homelessness in all its forms in Manchester.

The Charter was launched in May 2016. It unites many people with personal experience of homelessness with organisations from different sectors, to co-produce solutions together. Over 100 people who have personal insight into homelessness have been involved in the Partnership so far, many of whom co-wrote the Charter.

The Charter and Partnership were created with no financial resource. In April 2018 we welcomed two full time roles, but nearly all of our work is still done voluntarily by the fantastic people in our network.

Who's involved?

The Manchester Homelessness Partnership currently works with the following organisations:

Charity & voluntary: Albert Kennedy Trust, Barnabus, Big Change MCR, Boaz Trust, Booth Centre, Business in the Community (BITC), Coffee4Craig, Cornerstones, Centrepoint North, DePaul, Greater Together Manchester, Inspiring Change Manchester, Justlife, Lifeshare, MASH, Mustard Tree, On the Out, Reach Out to the Community, Shelter, SPIN, The Men’s Room…

Statutory: Department for Work and Pensions, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City Council (MCC), MCC Rough Sleeper Team, MCC Work and Skills team, NHS, Riverside Housing, Urban Village Medical Practice, Universities…

Business: Allied London, Barclays, Bruntwood, Career Builder, CityCo., The Cooperative, Enterprise Holdings, Federation House, Laing O’Rourke, Lendlease, Lloyds Banking Group, McLaren Construction, Minute Works, Network Rail, Octopus Ink, pro-manchester, Space Zero, Specsavers, Tuner&Townsend, Uber, Vallance Dental Centre…

And many more local organisations and dedicated individuals!

How to get involved:

How does it work?

At the heart of the Partnership are the actions groups, which each tackle a key challenge that people who are homeless may regularly face. Each group includes people who have experienced the topic in question, as well as those who have relevant skills and roles. The groups include; Prevention, Migration & Destitution, Employment, Mental Health, and the experiences of Women & Young People.

We also have a partnership board, which brings together representatives from different perspectives of our city. The board meets quarterly to use its collective influence to remove any systemic blockages that our network is facing. The driving group maintains momentum, supports the action groups, and protects the aims and values of the charter.

The ‘glue’ of the Partnership is Street Support Network; which has supported the charter mission from the start. Street Support Network host the two paid Partnership roles and are part of the driving group. They facilitate the network, help connect people, and communicate between the Partnership and out to others in the city through their website, App and other channels.

We are also linked into the Greater Manchester Homelessness Action Network.

Manchester Homelessness Charter:

The Manchester Homelessness Charter unites people, organisations, and businesses together with one shared vision and set of values. The Charter has been co-created by people experiencing homelessness and the organisations which provide support services.

How we do what we do is very important to us. If you would like to be part of the Manchester Homelessness Partnership, please read the Charter and commit to working in line with our values.

Make a pledge to detail how you can contribute to ending homelessness. Pledges can be individual or organisational, big or small - we like the ones that happen!

Manchester Strategy and Homelessness Context

Manchester is coming together to tackle all forms of homelessness. Learn more about our strategy here:

Manchester Homelessness Strategy

What else is happening?

There is so much fantastic work happening in our city to try and end homelessness, and to support the people who are currently experiencing homelessness. You can find out more about support services in Manchester and how you can help through Street Support Network.