Re­vealed, eco vil­lage that will house the home­less

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Kirsty Ste­wart

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

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