Making an End to Rough Sleeping a Reality – Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

Posted on 4th October, 2019

The challenge

Since 2010, rough sleeping has increased by 165% in the UK. Following the financial crash, homelessness became increasingly commonplace across the country. In Greater Manchester however, our goal is to end the need for rough sleeping by May 2020, alongside developing a 10-year strategy to prevent and reduce homelessness.

Greater Manchester’s successes

The most recent full count of rough sleepers, conducted in November 2018, found a 10% reduction in the number of people on the streets in Greater Manchester compared to the previous year. Greater Manchester welcomed the first reduction in those sleeping rough since 2010, with eight boroughs’ numbers stabilising or falling and only two increasing.

Read more: Homelessness – GMCA.