Maninplace have acquired 16 properties, offering 106 units of accommodation for those presenting as non-statutory homeless.
Working alongside local charity The Salvation Army KiP Project, Maninplace is assisting those who have difficulty accessing Local Authority Support/Care services. This is because many homeless people do not fit defined service criteria.
Many of those who present as homeless may have alcohol, Drugs or mental ill health issues and generally poor health that become exasperated by their homelessness.
For some, the experience of homelessness is not a newone, many have been without accommodation for a number of years. They have felt marginalised and are not cared for on the whole by existing care and support services.
The experience of homelessness affects individuals in different ways; many survive by excessive alcohol consumption, others by criminal activities, drug addiction and most experience declining health.
Many are dependent on Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) for their source of income often unable to work due to the impact their homelessness has on them. They have been used to surviving by living in cars, sheds, tents and hedge rows, many smoke, drink alcohol excessively and eat scraps, instant food that lacks proper protein and falls short of a balanced nutritious diet. Survival often being their paramount challenge each day, this obscures other important requirements made upon them. This has long term health implications.
Having established the need, Maninplace has placed itself in "the gap" to provide accessible temporary accommodation to assist people who are living chaotic life styles on the streets.
Parallel to the accommodation, Maninplace offers its service users floating and accommodation based support through the “Thrive” partnership.