Emmaus Salford has teamed up with Salford City Council to offer a safe place to sleep for people who are street homeless.

The People’s Pods allow those who are sleeping rough to access a secure and comfortable night’s sleep at Emmaus Salford’s Pendleton base. The facility, part of Salford City Council’s A Bed Every Night provision, has already supported 93 people since opening in early May.

Emmaus Salford and Salford City Council’s Supported Housing Team are using World Homeless Day, Saturday 10 October, to highlight the variety of support on offer to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Councillor Tracy Kelly, lead member for housing, said: “I’m pleased that the pods have proved such a useful part of our A Bed Every Night provision which has reduced rough sleeping by 80 per cent in Salford and grateful to Emmaus for the excellent support they provide.

“This year’s pandemic has put extra financial pressure on many people who were already struggling to get by. As we mark World Homeless Day, I’d urge anyone who is worried about rent or mortgage arrears, debts or bills to seek help urgently. There are many organisations, including Salford City Council, which can support you and may be able to prevent you losing the roof over your head. Meanwhile we and our partners will continue working to deliver as much affordable housing as we can.”

Pods helping people in their time of need

Emmaus Salford is a charity that supports 22 formerly homeless people by providing a stable home, meaningful work and support for as long as they need it. People who stay in the pods are encouraged to access other services including the option to join Emmaus Salford’s residential community.

Rachel Richardson, Community Director at Emmaus Salford, said: “A safe space to sleep is so important for people who are homeless, vulnerable and often very anxious about their situation. Our on-site pods are helping people take their first step out of homelessness and engage with the support services they need.

“We are pleased to be working with many partners across Salford to support people in their time of need. The pods complement our existing offer here at Emmaus Salford and we hope to help many more people on their journey out of homelessness.”

All referrals to the pods are managed by Salford Housing Options. If you are homeless or at risk of homelessness and need advice or support call 0161 793 2020 or visit the Salford City Council website. If you need assistance outside of office hours, call 0161 794 8888.

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