A new winter night shelter for longer-term rough sleepers has opened in a church near the city centre.
Run by Riverside and made possible by the Church of England Diocese of Manchester, the shelter will have bed spaces for 20 people. Funded by Manchester City Council, it will operate every night until March 2018.
The night shelter adds to the temporary and emergency accommodation when the temperature drops to zero or below. As they are supported and enabled to move into temporary accommodation, shelter will become available for further rough sleepers.
Councillor Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This extra shelter will add to the range of existing provision. I’d like to thank the diocese for their compassion and support.”
Eleanor Watts, Riverside’s Area Manager of Care and Support, also commented on the shelter. “It is an enhanced night shelter which means that there will be support work provided during the day,” she said.
The Rt. Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, said: “These are vital services for some of the most vulnerable in our society.”
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “At this time of year things are especially tough for those who are sleeping rough. Manchester City Council, the Diocese of Manchester and Riverside deserve praise for working to open this new shelter.
“I make no apologies for stating that current rates of homelessness in Britain make this a humanitarian crisis. However, this accommodation along with the other provision Greater Manchester has put in place, will make a difference”.