'First of their kind' micro-homes available for the homeless in Cambridge

January 5, 2020

People experiencing homelessness in Cambridge will soon be housed in new micro-homes around the city centre.

Created by homelessness charity Jimmy’s and the Allia Future Business Centre, the six modular homes are some of the first of their kind in the UK.

 

There will be five homes for those experiencing homelessness, and a sixth unit will be for the support team, on Newmarket Road, on the grassy lawn adjacent to the Christ the Redeemer Church.

 

The modular-style homes are to be “temporary,” with permission sought for three years and will be available early this year.

 

If the land, currently unused, is needed for other uses, then the homes can then be relocated elsewhere, since they are portable, with residents having the choice to move with them.

 

They are also being built by a social enterprise, New Meaning, that employs people who have faced homelessness themselves.

 

Jimmy’s support team will provide daily, high-quality, intensive support to help make this new opportunity work for each person and break the cycle of homelessness.

 

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