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SocialBite Village for Edinburgh’s Homeless

This is a fundraiser for the SocialBite Village for Edinburgh’s Homeless.

Remember Tiny House Scotland’s NestHouse? Most of you really loved it, and builder Jonathan Avery is teaming up with Social Bite to help build a tiny house community.

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.”

Help them raise money here.

Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below!

SocialBite Village for Edinburgh’s Homeless: The NestHouse

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More NestHouse pictures here.

From SocialBite:

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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Natalie McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Scotland.




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  • Dug November 25, 2016, 11:56 am

    Finally nice to see A – THs in Scotland (mainstream) and a very worthwhile scheme too, think I may have to become homeless as fancy one of these and love the ethos also !!!!! There again having been homeless “TWICE” in ten years maybe not but in an affluent area of Glasgow where I was twice homeless BOTH times not my fault it’s all very well supplying B&Bs or homeless accommodation BUT with as I had NO support it’s VERY difficult, hats of to you guys love the idea, the end sight and hoping you every success.
    From a TH enthusiast looking for a route to ownership sadly in Scotland land is a BIG problem if you can advice how to lease or rent suitable land please do get in touch I would be very interested.
    Meantime ALL the best and I really hope it does take off around in particular Scotland to show landowners it’s a good idea :) which its to be hoped will trickle down to help the likes of myself.

    • Natalie Natalie November 28, 2016, 7:37 am

      Thanks so much for sharing your own experience! I also think this is a great idea :) — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Theresa November 25, 2016, 12:37 pm

    I love this tiny house! Beautiful and functional.

  • Holly G Clift November 25, 2016, 1:42 pm

    love with a few color changes i’d could move in any time!

  • Gigi November 25, 2016, 8:21 pm

    What’s shown here is the Nest House. For clarification, is this the prototype for the homes to be built? Or will they be smaller?

    • Natalie Natalie November 28, 2016, 7:37 am

      Yes this is the prototype :) — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Jacintha November 26, 2016, 7:42 pm

    So bright! So cheery! I could see myself in a space like this. Love it!

  • ROSEE November 28, 2016, 10:08 am

    L-O-V-E-L-Y! Liked the color theme on the inside, would have prefered it was wood color on the outside instead of red. Heck! Can’t please everybody! Still love it!

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