A visit from The Mayor!

Equity recently had a visit from the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. Mr Burnham came to collect a donation that was raised by a number of Housing Associations from the North West.

Left-right: Geraldine Kay, Interim Chief Executive, Equity Housing Group, Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Susan Gamble, Board Member, Phil Elvy, Executive Director of Finance, Great Places, Jo Redmond, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive, Carole Hassan, Chair of the Board

The money will be added to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund, a cause that Equity is proud to support.

With over 5,500 homeless people across Greater Manchester and 250 people sleeping rough, Andy Burnham has made ending sleeping rough by 2020 one of his top Mayoral priorities. The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund is his initiative to do so, as it supports frontline projects which are in line with the fund’s objectives.

Geraldine Kay, Interim Chief Executive at Equity Housing Group said:
“We are thrilled with the success of the event and with the £1800 raised for the Mayor’s Homelessness Fund, which supports a cause that all GM housing providers feel really passionate about.”

Initiatives that have been supported by the fund so far include: building specialised supported accommodation for young people that don’t have access to education, volunteering and employment opportunities, expanding mental health and rehabilitation programmes, and bringing empty properties back into use for people threatened with becoming homeless.

It was a fantastic opportunity to show Mr Burnham the work that Equity do within the communities we work in.

Andy Burnham commented on the event and donation saying:
“The huge level of commitment and support being shown by the Greater Manchester Housing Providers to help tackle the issues surrounding homelessness is evident. We know that homelessness is an outcome of a number of differing factors, some of which are not easily solved, the root of the issue lies a lot deeper. This donation by GMHP to the Mayor’s Homelessness fund helps to solidify the approach we take in breaking down these barriers. I am very grateful to be in receipt of such collective support from across the region.”

Read about the Mayor's homelessness fund and its objectives at www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/what-we-do/homelessness