We are embracing an innovative approach of using new, bespoke shipping containers as affordable housing units, to help solve the growing housing crisis.
The containers – or pods, as we are calling them – provide emergency accommodation to those struggling to find places to live. 4 have been installed, as a trial project at our homeless hostel at Norway House in North Weald, providing temporary homes, and storage, for single people.
Norway House already offers 48 rooms including single and double rooms in the main building and 5 chalets in the grounds for families, couples and individuals who find themselves homeless.
Independent living solution
The containers are studio or one-bedroom homes and are insulated, fitted with windows, doors, kitchen units, radiators, electricity and running water. They not only provide an independent living solution – preferable to bed and breakfast accommodation – for homeless people, but also a cost-effective solution for us.
Quick and innovative
Councillor Holly Whitbread, Cabinet member for Housing said: “These pods will boost the district’s housing supply and reduce the Council’s reliance on bed and breakfast accommodation.”
“With over 1,500 people on the housing register, it is a quick and innovative way of providing temporary accommodation for people facing homelessness, while more permanent places can be found for them. We work hard to provide homeless people with accommodation, advice, support and ultimately a better future.”
Comfortable and practical
Councillor Holly Whitbread continued: “Having recently visited the pods, I am most impressed with their quality. I am pleased this temporary accommodation is comfortable and practical.”
“If the pods prove successful the Council will be looking to introduce more to meet future needs of homeless people in the district.”