Monday, November 11, 2019

Cambridge, England Addresses Homelessness with Modular Housing

Cambridge, England, a city of 125,000 people has a homeless population that needs shelter. Unlike the homeless in California who are housed in converted garden sheds, the Brits are taking a more permanent solution using modular construction to accomplish it.

A row of low-cost "micro homes" is to be installed for homeless people in a city where houses cost twice the national average.

Cambridge City Council approved plans to create six modular units to combat "alarming levels" of homelessness where the city's average house price is $592,000, compared to almost $292,000 nationwide.

There will be six homes - each measuring 270 sq ft - will be built on land adjacent to Christ the Redeemer Church in Newmarket Road. Five homes will be for residents and the sixth will be for a full time support worker.

The modular homes will be an efficiently designed space that creates a separate bedroom, bathroom and utility room, with a shower and washing machine, and an open plan living/kitchen area.

The Cambridge City Council is allowing the ‘village’ to remain for 3 years on the site. I suspect that should give the Council enough time to decide if this is a good solution to their growing homeless problem or a failure. If it is a success, look for more of them to be built.

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