This is a fundraiser for the SocialBite Village for Edinburgh’s Homeless.
The village will include 20 tiny homes, which each cost about £30,000, as well as a “controlled environment where residents will receive everything they need including counselling, money management guidance, cooking lessons, exercise and therapy. Residents will also learn new skills and get their life back on track, working in an onsite vegetable garden, chicken coup and furniture workshop as well as given work placements in our shops and restaurant.”
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SocialBite Village for Edinburgh’s Homeless: The NestHouse
We are building a village for Edinburgh’s homeless for Social Bite because Everyone deserves a home and a future….
Our plan is to use this land and these houses to create a safe and supportive living environment for up to 20 people to live in for around 12 – 15 months. During this time we will ensure they receive extensive support in a controlled environment where residents will receive everything they need including counselling, money management guidance, cooking lessons, exercise and therapy. Residents will also learn new skills and get their life back on track, working in an onsite vegetable garden, chicken coup and furniture workshop as well as given work placements in our shops and restaurant.
After 12-15 months we will help transition the residents into permanent accommodation and provide employment in Social Bite’s broader business and our partners, supporting their journey back into society where they belong. After the residents have moved on to permanent accomodation we will welcome another 20 resident’s into the village, and we will aim to support 20 new residents out of homelessness every single year.
The residents will be people who are currently living in mostly unsupported temporary accommodation, shelters, and homelessness B&Bs. From our experience, these people have very little hope, support or social intervention to help them break out of the cycle of homelessness and it costs local councils a significant amount of money just to maintain a broken status quo. We plan to provide a significant cost saving to Edinburgh Council tax payer whilst at the same time provide a route out of homelessness for the individuals we take in to the village.
In doing this we aim to create a blueprint of an alternative solution to homelessness and the housing crisis that can be replicated by other charities, local authorities or the state.
Launching this project will require about £500,000 of initial funding so we are about to embark on another fundraising drive this Christmas to get it done. We hope once again that Scotland shows its compassion and gets behind us.
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