IMPACT THEME: Housing & Homelessness, Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, Poverty and Disadvantage,
WHAT THEY DO: Let Us, the Greater Manchester Ethical Lettings Agency is run by a group of housing providers with a long-established reputation for successfully managing tens of thousands of homes across Greater Manchester. They work with landlords to help them tackle the housing crisis in Greater Manchester by offering the right homes to the right tenants, making more homes in the private rented sector available to tenants who really need them, while minimising risks to landlords through their proven and robust management approach.
LOCATION: Greater Manchester
PARTNERSHIP DATE: December 2020
FUND PARTNERSHIP: National Homelessness Property Fund 2
PARTNERSHIP PURPOSE: To tackle the housing crisis and reduce levels of homelessness in Greater Manchester by purchasing and refurbishing properties including one-bedroom, studio and family homes, enabling Let Us to house tenants in affordable homes.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS:
ABOUT: Let Us is an ethical lettings agency based in Greater Manchester, run by a group of five housing providers (Salix Homes, Bolton at Home, Stockport Homes Group, Wigan Council and Forhousing). These five providers, established by the Greater Manchester Housing Providers partnership, aim to make private sector housing accessible to everyone. Let Us focus on striking a balance between ensuring that privately-owned homes benefit society while also generating profit for the landlords. This acts as motivation for landlords to participate in a service which contributes positively towards ending the Greater Manchester housing crisis.
PURPOSE OF PARTNERSHIP: In response to the growing need for affordable housing in Greater Manchester, NHPF2 is acquiring properties and leasing them to Let Us to provide individuals and families at risk of homelessness with a settled home, for an initial period of 10 years. Additionally, Let Us signposts households to support they might need to be able to sustain their tenancy and improve their circumstances, find employment or education, set down roots in the community and to save for a deposit so that they can eventually move into the private rented sector with a track record of maintaining a tenancy. Providing them with permanent accommodation enables tenants to feel safe, secure and settled in their homes.
National Homeless Property Fund 2
Lee Sugden, Chief Executive of Salix Homes and Chair of Let Us: “We’re proud to be working in partnership with this significant fund which will help secure properties for people who really need a place to call home. Not only will this investment provide safe, high-quality homes which provide the foundation for a happy and successful life, it is also a real seal of approval for an initiative like Let Us, creating ethical private lettings on this scale. It is just another example of how Greater Manchester is coming together in its mission to tackle homelessness and I’m sure this fund will provide another big step forward.”
Julie, one of the first tenants to be housed by this fund: “I’m from Reddish and have always lived in the area. I have three children, including twin daughters who are at school locally. But when we lost our home, we had to move out of the community we lived in, and struggled living in a new area. This home is a new start. We are back living in an area where I feel safe, back to where I have doctors, friends and family. We have all the tools to begin again. Schools are close, the children are happy; we have everything available to make this successful. And my mental health and depression have improved already.”
Read more about Julie’s experience of living in temporary accommodation and the difference moving and settling into her own home made to her, in Julie's Story.
Read the Homelessness Property Funds Social Impact Report 2020/21
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