Rough Seeping in Tameside is something that can have a large impact on the borough; however the work taking place by various organisations, across Tameside, who are taking a joined up approach to reach out to the most vulnerable and those who have fallen on hard times has contributed to a reduction in those who are rough sleeping.

Tameside witnessed a bigger percentage reduction in rough sleepers than any other authority in England in 2018-19 a staggering 86% and that’s thanks to the hard work of Tameside Councils Rough Sleepers Initiative team and the relationship they have with the third sector.

In the eighteen months Tameside’s rough-sleeper service has been operating, more than 250 people have been moved into private rented accommodation, supported schemes, signposted to a dedicated service or gone back to their families.

Additionally, three of the most entrenched rough sleepers, with a combined total of 60 years on the streets, have received help through a pilot scheme incorporating cold weather funding which will lead to Housing First, an innovative scheme developed in Scandinavia, where rough sleeping has largely been eliminated.

This is a great achievement and with the continued work of all the organisations involved we can continue to offer the support our people need to get into accommodation and back on their feet.