A NEW WAY of tackling homelessness being piloted in the region will see 400 people given homes.

Pioneered in Finland, a Housing First approach looks to provide a home for someone before addressing additional needs they may have like alcoholism or drug addiction.

Today, Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester announced Great Places Housing Group will lead the group providing the homes.

The Greater Manchester pilot is one of three across the UK paid for with £7.6 million of government funding. The others will be in the West Midlands and Merseyside.

Housing First in Greater Manchester is meant to build on the A Bed Every Night scheme Mr Burnham has been championing.

CEO of housing association Great Places Housing Group, Matthew Harrison, said: "This is really good news for the region and for all the partners involved in the delivery of this project over the next three years.

"It is important that we all work together across the region and tackle the scourge of homelessness in our cities and our towns.”