Manchester’s homeless get five-star hotel for winter

by Nicola Dotto - 2015.11.06
Manchester’s homeless get five-star hotel for winter
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A group of homeless people in Manchester will be able to stay in a luxury hotel in the city centre for the winter. The building, a former exchange building, was recently bought by two former Man United players and is to be converted into a deluxe hotel with 35 rooms, shops, a gym and restaurant. But when a group of homeless people were found squatting in the building to escape the first frosts, there was a big surprise in store. Rather than sending in the police to arrest them, the two footballers, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, gave them permission to stay in the warm over winter. The only condition was not to destroy the structure and to allow builders to carry on with the refurbishment. This is a great act of solidarity in a country that has one of the highest rates of homelessness in Europe.

Published in Homelessness.
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