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Salford is battling a 'homelessness crisis'

Salford council is planning to build new homes to help young people facing life on the streets.

The town hall has backed a plan to build 18 supported accommodation homes, for people aged 18 to 25 who are at risk of homelessness in the city.

Councillors agreed to enter into a funding agreement with Homes England, which will contribute £2 million towards the work, topped up with a £940,995 grant.

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Subject to planning permission and a public consultation, the self-contained, one-bedroom homes will be based in Walkden and Broughton.

They will help people who require support services to take care of themselves, or to be protected from harm or exploitation.

Once complete, it is proposed to transfer ownership of the new homes to Derive, a council-owned housing company.

The plan comes after Salford Mayor Paul Dennett declared a homelessness 'crisis' in the city in January.

The council was forced to open emergency overnight accommodation in December, offering blow-up beds and sunloungers to the city's homeless, as demand for housing has grown.

Mr Dennett has also pledged to build hundreds of new council houses around Salford to try and tackle the issue, with Conservatives in the borough suggesting that empty council offices could be used as temporary accommodation.

But while the plan will help tackle the homelessness crisis in Salford, it can't reverse "14 years of austerity" from Westminster, Mr Dennett said.

He added: "We all know the housing and homelessness crisis is not something that's going away anytime soon. We also know that it has a disproportionate effect on young people, so the focus on them in all this is really important.

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