Manchester Homelessness Partnership
Co-producing solutions to end homelessness
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.
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!
There are many ways in which you can contribute to the aims of the Partnership:
At the heart of the Partnership are our Charter values and the Actions Groups which tackle specific challenges that people who are homeless may face. Each group includes people who have experienced the topic in question, as well as other relevent organisations.
We have a Partnership Board of representatives from different perspectives of our city which meets to use its collective influence to remove systemic blockages. We also have a Driving Group which maintains momentum, supports the action groups, and protects the values of the Charter.
Part of the ‘glue’ that holds our network together is Street Support. Street Support has been part of the Driving Group from the start and hosts the two paid Partnership roles. They provide facilitation, connect people, and communicate between the Partnership and out to others through the website & App. We are also linked into the Greater Manchester Homelessness Action Network.
The Manchester Homelessness Charter unites people, organisations, and businesses together with one shared vision and set of values. The Charter was 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.
Manchester is coming together to tackle all forms of homelessness. As a Partnership, we have developed the following materials to help us do this. Some of them may be of interest or use to you:
- Co-produced city strategy (2018-2023)
- Language and terminology guideline
- ‘Storefront engagement’ - guide for businesses
- Learnings from the MHP - report
- Best practice guideline for voluntary groups
- Flyer for how businesses can get involved
- Emergency accommodation standards
- Cause and consequence report
- Reverse advent calendar 2019