Social Bite Village is setting new rules. It is redefining humanity. They are on a mission to provide homes to the homeless people.
Their website states:
"The statistics in Scotland are not insurmountable. What we need to do is to collectively focus on the issue. We need people from all walks of life in Scotland to come together and stick up for the most vulnerable people among us.
Social Bite is on a mission to bring Scotland together, to build a collaborative movement to end homelessness here. To do that we need to make houses available to the homeless, we need to fund a support resource for people to sustain their tenancies, and we need to integrate these vulnerable and marginalised people back into society – where they belong.
If you would like to read our full plan for ending homelessness, then please download the study we commissioned from Heriot Watt University entitled 'Eradicating Core Homelessness in Scotland’s Four Largest Cities'."
The incredible enterprise in Scotland is a social enterprise called Social Bite Village. It has laid its arms open for the needy and the homeless people.
The sandwich shop marked the end of the 10-month process to build 11 two-bedroom NestHouse homes in Grafton, Edinburgh, that will offer a stable and supported way of living to 20 residents at a time for a period of 12 to 18 months. There is a hope that the project, which was funded in part by the 8,000 people who took part in December’s Sleep Out event, is aiming to break the cycle of homelessness and provide pathways into employment and permanent housing.
the homes will have 10 two-bedroom huts with a hub open for residents to socialise. It is a new village which will provide accommodation for homeless people.
Social Bite co-founder Josh Littlejohn said: “It feels amazing to see it come to life. There has been a lot of hard work done by the build team."
“It’s a really beautiful, safe environment so hopefully it’s going to help lots of people.”
The houses are transportable NestHouses and they were designed by Jonathan Avery, of Tiny House Scotland. They have a kitchen, living area, bathroom, two bedrooms and shrubbery outside.
They are built on vacant council land given to Social Bite on a “meanwhile use” basis – meaning it can be used until the land needs to be developed. Six residents will move in next month.
No one with addiction issues or with “dual diagnosis” – suffering from a mental illness and a substance abuse problem – will be allowed to move in. Tenancies are expected to last between a year and 18 months.
Rent is largely expected to be paid through housing benefit but once a stable income is established, this will be used to pay for lodgings.