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A Shipping Container Village For The Homeless

Manchester-based charity Embassy has submitted plans for a shipping container village to help the 5,564 vulnerable people struggling with homelessness across Greater Manchester that will help them get back on their feet.

The Manchester Evening News reports that the charity has partnered with developers Peel L&P and CAPITAL&CENTRIC for the initiative which will be called Embassy Village, which will provide up to 40 new permanent modular homes, all of which will be made from repurposed shipping containers.

The proposed village will be sited on a currently derelict site beneath the railway arches between the Bridgewater Canal and the River Irwell in the city centre, and residents will receive start-to-end support to help them get back on their feet.

Support will take the form of a community hub where residents will be able to take training and mentoring, make use of a sports area, and even grow vegetables.

Support workers will also ensure each resident is given six hours a week of dedicated time, as well as provide them with the life skills they’ll need to move forward such as shopping and budgeting, cooking, how to manage a home, interview prep and help to apply for jobs.

So far, 12 employers have signed up for the initiative, which will help provide much-needed roles for residents to transition back into independent living.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Meeting the growing demand for emergency accommodation to support people vulnerable to homelessness is a major challenge – particularly at this time of year when the number of people asking for support, particularly people sleeping rough, is at its height.

“Developing a Housing First opportunity in the city is welcome and I hope this type of community has the potential to provide life-changing help for people facing homelessness in Manchester.”

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