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Shipping containers to house rough sleepers

Shipping containers to house rough sleepers (Refuge / Emergency Accommodation)

by administrator @, Friday, July 31, 2009, 17:51

A homelessness charity is looking to use shipping containers to help house rough sleepers.


Housing Justice, a faith charity which works with homeless people, is currently searching for land which it could use to set up the container schemes.

The idea was inspired by a recent visit to the Container City project in Trinity Buoy Wharf, which provides space for cultural events and 350 artists, as well as three live/work units.

Consultancy Urban Space Management devised the ‘cities’, which make use of unwanted shipping containers from Felixstowe.

The company’s 38 projects across the country mostly provide office space, but 20 containers on two schemes have so far been used as live/work units.

Sally Leigh, London co-ordinator for Housing Justice, said: ‘It’s great for us - if someone can give us land for a couple of years we can move them if someone wants the land back. If [a rough sleeper] doesn’t want to go into a shared house or a hostel, we can offer them their own self-contained flat.

‘For people who have had a turbulent lifestyle, it will help them to re-enter society.’

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