Manchester’s Emergency Accommodation Standards – Review on Progress January 2020

The Vision and Objectives were set out in the Emergency Accommodation Standards that were agreed by the Manchester Homeless Partnership and Manchester City Council in August 2019.  (Read Safety. Respect. Support here). They were reviewed at the Emergency Accommodation Action Group meeting on 28th January 2020.

Vision for June 2022 And Beyond

That everyone who needs it should be able to access Emergency Accommodation which provides an alternative to rough sleeping and that this accommodation:  

  • Provides the choice of a single room, (or rooms for couples or friends who request a preference to share) affording people privacy, security and dignity.   
  • Provides support including help to move on to supported or permanent accommodation  
  • Is suitable for people’s specific needs    
  • Is available on the day that people need it   
  • That staff (workers and volunteers) are recruited, trained and supported to a high standard  
  • That buildings are of high quality and provide an environment which promotes wellbeing (Psychologically Informed Environments)   
  • That services are designed, commissioned and evaluated in a process that includes people who are using the services and using data/input from voluntary/statutory/faith-based partners to ensure responsiveness to changing needs/trends

These are significant steps towards raising awareness of the challenges people face when trying to find suitable accommodation, and ensuring Manchester leads the way in providing people with the safe, secure and dignified surroundings that everyone deserves.

Thanks as ever for your continued support. We’ll keep you posted on progress and action being taken. 

Notes on Emergency Accommodation:
Emergency accommodation refers to accommodation that is provided to help ensure that people who are homeless do not have to sleep rough, including accommodation that is provided during periods of severe cold weather but excludes Bed and Breakfast or Unsupported Temporary Accommodation and regular Supported Accommodation or hostels which are covered by other regulations. Types of emergency accommodation are; single rooms with 24 hour access – this is the preferred accommodation type which we would like to be available for everyone who needs it, night shelters which provide shared accommodation without 24 hour access, ‘Sit Up’ accommodation which may provide a bed in a communal area of an existing supported accommodation provider and pods or shared rooms for 2 – 8 people with 24 hour access.