Stop Start Go opens its doors for Manchester’s homeless
An innovative hostel for homeless people will officially open on Tuesday 10 October, World Homeless Day.
The Stop, Start, Go Sustainable Living hostel will be in Cheetham Hill. It’s been jointly funded by Manchester City Council, The Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Homelessness Fund and the Edward Holt Trust.
The EHT is a charity which originated in a 1950s endowment from a member of the Joseph Holt brewing family. It has helped several homelessness projects across Greater Manchester with capital funds and other support costs.
The centre, which currently has 12 beds, provides medium-term accommodation to get people who are rough sleeping off the streets. The people will receive support to get them in education, training or employment and find somewhere permanent to live.
Its work includes ensuring that people who are already in work but fall into homelessness have somewhere stable to stay. It will ensure they do not lose their jobs while they get back on their feet.
Rough sleepers are referred to Stop, Start, Go by the Booth Centre. The centre supports people who have lost their homes or are at risk of doing so.
Councillor Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This hostel is an inspiring example of the partnership approach we are taking to addressing the challenge of homelessness in this city.
The centre is “providing the wrap-around support which will help them move forwards in their lives”, he added.
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “The Centre’s plans to offer tailored support for as long as people need it, is exactly the approach I want to see across Greater Manchester”.
Hostel resident Mohammed Abdul-Karim, aged 22, said: “Since coming to SSG, I have started college and sorted out my health. I am a new being and my future looks good now”.