Flats created for the homeless in Tameside

Six formerly homeless people are now living in flats of their own, thanks to a project masterminded by Tameside Council's homelessness team.

Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Next Steps Accommodation Programme, and the help of Ashton Pioneer Homes, unused space in some of Ashton’s tower blocks has been converted into half a dozen apartments.

Those who have moved in were all previously rough sleepers assisted by the homelessness service. 

They are now receiving help from Adullam Homes’ floating support service to ensure they can budget effectively and with any other issues that may arise.

Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for the homeless, said: “The new flats, and the people who have moved into them, are fine examples of the way our homelessness team is working to get people into places of their own.

“Homelessness is a key priority for this authority and I’m proud of the progress we have made. I look forward to more flats becoming available so that more people can get a sense of security and put down roots.”

If you are concerned someone is sleeping rough in Tameside, contact the council on 0161 331 2700 (Monday to Wednesday 5pm to 9am, Thursday 5-10pm, Friday to Monday 4pm to 9am) or email roughsleepers@tameside.gov.uk

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