Decision details

Housing First Procurement

Decision Maker: Treasurer GMCA

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Decision is required following a comprehensive procurement exercise, the existing provision will expire June 30th and a contract to ensure continuity of services is needed.

DHLUC have requested that we deliver a high-fidelity Housing First project as part of 3 national Housing First pilots. There is an MOU between GMCA and DHLUC.

Preventing and relieving Homelessness is a Mayoral and national government priority.

The service will support an anticipated further 48 individuals at risk of homelessness and rough sleeping especially those who are already excluded from ABEN helping to reduce the number of rough sleepers in Greater Manchester and prevent them from returning to the streets.

The learning from the pilot will inform the work to prevent homelessness in the future and inform commissioning of homelessness services across Greater Manchester to more effectively support individuals experiencing homelessness.


To enter into a contract for 21 months (with the option to extend for a further 12 months) for the Greater Manchester Housing First pilot extension. The service is being funded via Grant from the Department of Leveling up Homes and Communities (DHLUC)

The service will Provide Housing First support to the individuals on the pilot currently and take a small number of new referrals from Local Authorities of individuals who have experienced prolonged and/or re-occurring experiences of homelessness and experience co-occurring conditions.

The contract will be awarded to the Great Places Housing Association as per the contract award report.

The 10-day standstill period will lapse midnight on 9/6/22

Alternative options considered:

Not to award the contract would risk continuity of the Housing First Service, putting over 300 people currently being supported at risk of homelessness.

Publication date: 14/06/2022

Date of decision: 13/06/2022