The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Village for 20 people without homes
A project to provide accommodation for the homeless in a purposebuilt village has entered the final stages. The last two NestHouses in the Social Bite Village were lifted in by crane on Wednesday.
It brings the total to 11 at the village in Granton, Edinburgh, which will officially open next month.
The village is described as an “innovative project” backed by EDI Group and Edinburgh Council. It is designed to break the cycle of homelessness.
A spokeswoman for Social Bite said: “The village will provide a safe living environment and support for up to 20 homeless people for
“The project is geared to break the cycle of homelessness”
around 12 months each, before helping them move into permanent accommodation.”
The charity began in 2012 when it opened a sandwich shop in Edinburgh and began employing homeless people.
Since then it has attracted a string of celebrities.
Visitors included Prince Harry and Megan Markle, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney.
In addition to fundraising via food and drink services, the charity hosted Sleep in the Park in Princes Street Gardens to raise money for homeless people in December.
The sleepout attracted 8,000. Social Bite Village aims to provide an alternative to “sub-standard” temporary accommodation. It combines an innovative housing model using vacant council land along with a supported community environment. A spokeswoman said: “The project is geared at breaking the cycle of homelessness and giving residents paths into employment.”