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Exciting news – the first of the converted shipping containers, which will provide temporary homes for thirty six men and women have arrived.
This is an exciting moment in this project. We have identified 21 of the first 36 residents and they are being prepared to move into their new homes.
The residents will have completed one of BHT’s programme for change and will free up space in other services that will be able to take in men and women who are currently on the streets.
There is an acute shortage of affordable accommodation in Brighton and Hove and, in a landlords’ market, particularly for those with a history of homelessness.
The number of street homeless people in the City has increased from 37 in November 2011 to 43 in November 2012. However, there is a wide consensus that the actual figure is more likely to be between 70 and 100.
We expect residents to be moving in about 5 weeks after the arrival of the first container on site and turn this exciting and innovative housing concept into reality.
Our temporary use of land earmarked for future regeneration demonstrates just what can be done in the interim to help solve the acute housing shortage.
Ross Gilbert, QED (BHT’s development partner)