Revealed, eco village that will house the homeless
AT first glance, they look like holiday homes or chalets.
But these quirky cottages are in fact Scotland’s first village for the homeless.
Located on land donated by the City of Edinburgh Council, the 11 twobedroom homes and a community hub have been built in Granton.
The Social Bite Village – named after Josh Littlejohn’s chain of sandwich shops, which aims to help the homeless – will provide counselling, support, education and a warm home to those in need.
Residents will be allowed to live for up to 18 months in the village, which aims to function as a stepping stone to permanent accommodation.
It was officially opened yesterday by Communities Secretary Angela Constance. She said: ‘We have a shared ambition with Social Bite to see everyone with a warm and safe place to call home, alongside any support they may need.’
Mr Littlejohn said: ‘When the first residents arrive next month, they’ll be part of a safe, positive and supported community. On-site staff will encourage people to support each other.’
Comfortable: One of the bedrooms