At the end of the summer, many local organisations along with people who have experienced homelessness attended the launch of Manchester's new Minimum Standards for Emergency Accommodation. Staff from Boaz have been part of the conversations leading up to this point and it was powerful to hear from one of our former night shelter guests who shared his experience of staying in our night shelter at the launch event.
It is good to know that so many organisations as well as individuals who have experienced homelessness have been part of the process of creating these standards. We believe that it will lead to better quality accommodation as well as improved well-being for people using the different types of emergency accommodation this winter.
We have found it helpful to use the Minimum Standards as a self assessment tool for our night shelters and it was encouraging to see that across many areas we were already hitting the mark!
Last year, 60 men stayed in our night shelter and through the 2018-19 the winter season, 16 of them moved into longer term shared Boaz accommodation where they had access to a named support worker offering tailored support. And of course each person moving on from the night shelter left an empty space ready for someone else to fill.
Our night shelter opened again for the new season at the start of October 2019 and by day three our register was full. Thanks to our incredible local volunteers at venues across the city we have already been able to provide bed spaces for 13 individuals who simply had nowhere else to turn. Unfortunately demand seems to be higher than ever and we have already had to say no to several potential guests.
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