Former rough sleepers to move into Chesterton modular micro-homes before Christmas

Former rough sleepers to move into Chesterton modular micro-homes before Christmas

Former rough sleepers will move into the 25 square metre homes in Chesterton. The first former rough sleepers will be moving into brand new modular homes in Cambridge this week

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The Chesterton micro-homes, only 25 square metres in size, will soon house four people before Christmas.

The homes, for single people with a history of homelessness, have been designed by housebuilder Hill and installed on land owned by Cambridge City Council in Chesterton, Cambridgeshire.

They are being donated to, and managed by, Cambridge homelessness charity Jimmy’s, who work with the council and other local organisations to provide support and accommodation to people who need it most.

This follows on from the first six homes on Newmarket Road built by Allia, one of which was sponsored by Hill, already providing vital accommodation for ex-homeless people.

The residents moving into the modular homes will live there temporarily as a stepping stone to more permanent forms of accommodation.

Jimmy’s will provide comprehensive support to help them settle in and integrate fully with the community.

Mark Allan, chief executive of Jimmy’s Cambridge, said: “Building high quality homes of this kind is a pioneering approach to tackling homelessness in the UK.

“We are very grateful to both Hill for donating the homes to Jimmy’s and to the council for providing the land.

“Giving someone a home is one of the most life-changing things you can do for someone, and these four new homes have the power to change the lives of four people for the better.

“Jimmy’s has remained open 24/7 throughout the pandemic, with our services still operating – a combination of a fantastic, committed team of staff and volunteers, and the support of local people, organisations and businesses.”

Each individual home was built in a British factory and delivered fully furnished to the site.

They are built to last at least 60 years, with steel frames and walls, colourful blue roofs, and acoustic and thermal insulation that exceeds building regulations.

The homes have running costs of less than £5 a week and are furnished, fully equipped and ready to move into.

Read the full article here: CambridgeshireLive