Manchester and MSV team up to boost youth housing provision 

Housing provider Mosscare St Vincents is to acquire the Boundary Lodge student accommodation block in Hulme and redevelop it into a supported living scheme for up to 30 young people. 

The scheme will add to Manchester City Council’s existing foyer accommodation site on Booth Street West, also managed by MSV.

Foyer accommodation is a model designed to cater for people aged 16 to 18 who are homeless and provides individuals with temporary housing. 

MSV will purchase the three-storey Boundary Road building at no cost to Manchester City Council. The council will then enter into a 10-year management contract with MSV. The facility will subsequently cost the authority £740,000 a year. 

The Boundary Lodge centre would provide residents with access to training, counselling, meeting spaces, and training facilities, according to Manchester City Council. 

In addition, it is proposed the facility will include easy access to a GP, pharmacy, social space and training kitchens. 

The close proximity of the two foyer facilities would “allow for efficiencies for scheme management and maintenance and the sharing of resources across the service offer,” the council said.  

The plan is recommended for sign off by the council’s children and young people scrutiny committee on Wednesday 30 June. 

A similar plan is in the works in Salford. MSV has agreed terms with the city council to acquire a vacant site on St Simon Street in Lower Broughton and redevelop it into a 42-apartment supported living scheme.

However, the project has met with opposition from local residents.

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What a great asset to Manchester. This will hopefully help many people who are at risk of homelessness, street or hidden. So important that there is the wrap around support proposed too.

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