Mini vil­lage for home­less opens its doors to first res­i­dents

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A NEW vil­lage has opened to pro­vide sta­ble ac­com­mo­da­tion to home­less peo­ple.

So­cial Bite Vil­lage launched yes­ter­day in Gran­ton, Ed­in­burgh to pro­vide a place to live and sup­port for up to 20 peo­ple.

The project, be­lieved to be the first of its kind in the UK, is made up of 10 two-bed huts with a cen­tral hub where res­i­dents can so­cialise and ad­mire views over the Firth of Forth.

Josh Lit­tle­john, So­cial Bite co-founder, said: “It feels amaz­ing to see it come to life like this, it’s been a lot of hard work from the build team.

“To see the whole thing come to­gether, it’s re­ally hum­bling.”

The trans­portable Nesthouses were de­signed by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scot­land, com­pris­ing of a kitchen/liv­ing area, bath­room, two bed­rooms and shrub­bery out­side.

They are built on a 1.5-acre site of va­cant coun­cil land which has been given to So­cial Bite on a “mean­while use” ba­sis, mean­ing it can be used until the land needs to be de­vel­oped.

Six res­i­dents will move in to the vil­lage in June, but it is hoped this will build up to around 20.

No one with on­go­ing ad­dic­tion issues or with “dual di­ag­no­sis” will be al­lowed.

Ten­an­cies are ex­pected to last a year to 18 months.

Picture: Gor­don Ter­ris

„ So­cial Bite founder Josh Lit­tle­john at the open­ing of the new So­cial Bite Vil­lage for the home­less in Gran­ton in Ed­in­burgh yes­ter­day.

„ A view of Nesthouses at the So­cial Bite Vil­lage in Gran­ton yes­ter­day.

„ For­mer home­less man Sunny Mur­ray.

„ In­side of one of the Nesthouses.

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