GMMC has granted an emergency £100,000 to the city-region’s homelessness sector

30 March 2020 in , .

The funds will support community groups, charities and organisations across the city region and are the first of several planned rounds of Emergency Funding

Tim Heatley, Chair of GMMC said: “While our community, and communities around the world, are facing this pandemic, it has never been more important to show that in Greater Manchester we pull together in times of adversity to lift each other up.

“The Mayor’s Charity fundraises all year round and is focused on reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness.

“We’ve already made an emergency contribution of £100,000 – this is a recognition of the pressure on budgets and the immediate need for support. The funding will be vital in enabling the hard work of those on the frontline assisting and safeguarding the homeless community throughout Greater Manchester during this pandemic. But we can do so much more.

“We’re looking at a moment in time where everyone sleeping rough across the city-region is off the streets – this gives us an opportunity to change things in the long term. With the generosity of those living in Greater Manchester, and the support of its business community, we may be able to end rough sleeping across our city-region all together.

“Let’s show the rest of the world what Greater Manchester can do when we all come together.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, added: “The Charity recognises the severity of the situation the homeless community are facing at this time, and the need for urgent financial support for those groups and people dedicated to helping.

“Homelessness organisations across our city-region are doing fantastic things and I am pleased the emergency donation of £100,000 from the Charity will support them in their vital work."

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