Equality News Update: BBC News: Social Bite homeless village launches in capital

A village providing housing for homeless people is being launched in Edinburgh.

It has been built by the social enterprise Social Bite, and aims to offer support and opportunities to residents as well as accommodation.

The homeless village was developed on vacant land in Granton and is made up of 10 two-bedroom houses.

The houses were built off-site before being erected in Granton ahead of the residents moving in this summer.

Social Bite said it hopes this will provide a new approach to homelessness, where people can have a steady base, rather than rely on hostels and B&Bs.

As well as having a place to stay, there will be a hub where residents can meet socially and get support and advice on issues such as job opportunities.

Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Bite, said: “It is a really beautiful community environment that’s been created here. This was just a piece of derelict wasteland that was owned by Edinburgh Council.

“We asked them if they would give us the land for a period of time, they agreed and this has been about 18 months in progress to raise the money and to develop this.

 

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