The Longford Centre in Chorlton has been given the go ahead to be used as a homelessness prevention centre.
Approved by the Manchester City Council planning committee, the former residential care home will be a live-in support facility. It plans to help people who have recently become homeless.
The 38-bed centre will be available to provide emergency temporary accommodation to prevent people becoming homeless. It will also provide support services to help them move on to independent accommodation, employment, training and other opportunities.
Set to open in January 2018, the facility will be one of around 50 different housing and accommodation offers for homeless people in Manchester.
The centre will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It has been created to help single and childless people new to homelessness and with low-to-medium needs. The centre is intended to supplement the range of existing accommodation and support services already available.
It will only be for people who are referred by Council homelessness services and other organisations working with homeless people.
The support offered to individuals will be flexible and tailored to their needs. For some it might be mediation with their family to help get them back home. For others it might be help sorting out health or debt problems.
Other organisations will be asked to help at the centre to provide appropriate activities for residents during the day. Such activities include gardening, cooking or art, for example.
Councillor Bernard Priest, deputy leader of Manchester City Council said the “centre will make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Stephanie Moore of Chorlton-based Reach Out to the Community in south Manchester said: “Prevention is an important part of dealing with this difficult issue and stopping people ending up on a downward spiral”.
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