A cash injection of £40,000 to help support Trafford’s rough sleepers has been welcomed by the borough’s housing chief.

Cllr James Wright, Executive member for Housing and Regeneration, said investing money into helping vulnerable people is a ‘key priority’.

Cllr Wright, who represents Bucklow St Martins ward, said: “The funds will be used to introduce innovative ways that will make a real difference peoples’ lives.

“Tackling Trafford’s homeless situation is a challenge, particularly when the demand for accommodation has increased and the supply has not.”

“However, it’s a key priority for us to deliver quality housing – and give at-risk people access to education, training and employment while improving their health and wellbeing,” he added.

Last year, the Labour-led administration published a strategy on how its plans to prevent rough sleeping – and end the use of B&B accommodation.

In the past twelve months, almost 1700 homeless applications have been dealt with and more than 1,000 people have been prevented from becoming homeless or rehoused.

Trafford Labour’s Vision:

  • “Working Together to End Homelessness in Trafford”

Trafford Labour Will:

  1. Prevent homelessness across the borough
  2. Improve access to permanent affordable accommodation and supported homes, through increased supply of social housing
  3. Aim to eradicate the use of B&B and increase the provision of quality temporary accommodation
  4. Work towards ending rough sleeping
  5. Improve access to employment, education and training
  6. Improve health & wellbeing

A Bed Every Night is in operation in Trafford until June.

If you have concerns about anyone sleeping rough please refer them to Housing Options Service Trafford.

Tel: 0161 912 2230 or 0800 218 2000 (out of hours).