Jeff visited Project 394 in Withington this week. Run by Riverside Housing Trust, it has accommodation for up to 19 people who are currently sleeping rough. The scheme aims to move residents to permanent accommodation within 4 weeks. They provide an allocation of a Support Worker and referrals to other services and agencies if needed.
Riverside Housing co-ordinate the No Second Night Out (NSNO) Programme in Manchester The aim of NSNO is to offer people that are sleeping rough for the first time an immediate alternative; to stop the need to engage in another night of rough sleeping.
They also support the Big Change Manchester campaign, which asks residents to support donations to get rough sleepers into housing, providing long term solutions to homelessness, rather than street giving.
Riverside are key partners in Manchester's Homeless Strategy and Jeff commented following his visit:
"It was really interesting to visit Project 394 in Withington and hear the excellent work being done by Riverside Housing Group and others to tackle rough sleeping"