Brand new short-stay accommodation for people at risk of homelessness has opened in Manchester.
The fully renovated, eight-bedroom detached house on Princess Road offers shared accommodation for up to 11 people.
It will be used as short stay, move-on accommodation from the Longford Centre in Chorlton, which houses people with low support needs who are either recently homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The house, which can accommodate three couples and five singles, provides a stepping stone for people who need a bit more time before moving into their own private rented or social accommodation, freeing up much needed additional capacity at the Longford Centre.
The owner of the property, One Manchester, has renovated it and matched the council’s £100,000 capital funding for work to bring it back into use.
The council will manage the property and will provide an accommodation support worker on-site, to help people as they get ready to manage their own tenancy. It is expected that most will move on within eight weeks.
Work has included a new roof, full rewire and the installation of a new low carbon heating system, as well as new bathrooms and toilets, a communal lounge and dining room and a large kitchen diner and new office space.
The extensive gardens are being landscaped to include raised beds so that residents can get involved in planting and growing vegetables.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, OBE, lead member on homelessness, said: “Preventing people from ending up homeless is our priority.
“Bringing this house back into use will help us free up accommodation in the Longford Centre and support people who are ready to take those final steps towards getting their own permanent tenancy.”
Anna Bishop, executive director of customers and communities at One Manchester, said: “We’re so pleased and excited to have worked with Manchester City Council on this project.
“The transformation of this property will provide much needed, modern accommodation that’s fit for purpose, and will support residents to move into their own, permanent tenancies when they’re ready.
“This project aligns closely with our organisational aim of creating inclusive communities that will allow the people living in them to thrive, and so we’re really proud to have been involved.”
To find out more about the new accommodation, visit the council’s website.