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Manchester Students Launch Petition to House Rough Sleepers

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Hundreds of students have appealed to Manchester University to allow the homeless to occupy vacant rooms in Owens Park in Fallowfield.

Students at the University of Manchester have launched a petition and believe the scheme could work by giving the homeless a temporary lease for a month. There are particularly concerns for those living on the streets due to the expected cold weather other the festive season.

The petition has already gained more than 300 signatures and will be delivered to the University of Manchester's Residential Services Director.

However, university bosses have already rejected the idea.

A spokesman for the University of Manchester said: "Unfortunately, all of our accommodation sites are occupied by students during the Christmas period. Furthermore, the University's halls are not permitted to be occupied by non-students during the academic year or they will lose their status as student residences.

"However, we are extremely active in helping people in our community who are homeless. Through our employment programme, The Works, we have successfully provided jobs at the University to previously homeless people. We also are signatories to the Manchester Homelessness Charter and as part of this commitment, staff and students are supported by the University to volunteer and fundraise within the city."