Property professionals across the North West will be sleeping rough in aid of youth homelessness once again.
The property industry charity LandAid is hosting its annual sleepout fundraiser at Sale Rugby Football Club on 2 March.
With a goal of £600,000 across seven UK locations, all of the money raised at the Manchester sleepout will go towards supporting young people experiencing homelessness in the North West.
Addleshaw Goddard, Manchester’s regional sponsor, said: “Whilst this is a mere glimpse into the hardship people continue to face, we hope to raise awareness of youth homelessness and support our local community in Greater Manchester.”
The sleepout comes just after Shelter revealed Manchester has the worst rate of homelessness in the North West, with one in 74 people being homeless.
In 2022, LandAid awarded more than £2 million to charities across the UK, funding emergency bed spaces, move-on accommodation and projects to renovate existing or create new affordable accommodation for young people.
LandAid CEO, Paul Morrish, said: “There are multiple different issues and barriers young people experiencing homelessness face, including a lack of affordable housing, a reduction in social housing, benefit cuts, and unemployment.
“Welfare reforms and the cost-of-living crisis have increasingly taken away young people’s options. So many of the young people our charity partners see are trapped in a cycle of homelessness, moving from sofa to sofa, not knowing where they will sleep that night.”