Pop-up pods help to tackle homelessness
From an article by Salvation Army
As part of a pilot scheme, The Salvation Army has provided two pods, made by Amazing Grace Spaces, with Sheffield City Council providing support to the clients to help them move into more permanent accommodation.
Each sleeping ‘pod’ provides a bed, chemical toilet and charging facilities. They are aimed at helping people who have been sleeping on the streets and have complex needs so may struggle in hostel style accommodation.
Salvation Army service manager, Andy Parkinson said: “This style of accommodation is aimed at people who are not quite ready to come off the streets. They may have more complex needs such as mental health issues, offending history or addiction, which means they are not as well suited to a communal environment such as a hostel or they may have been excluded from services due to previous behaviour. The pods provide a warm, dry and safe place for people to sleep, while support from The Salvation Army and the Council is helping to tackle some of the reasons why they may have become homeless in the first place."
In just two months, they have seen a real difference in the two clients who have been placed in them. They are more engaged with mental health and housing services. One has now been offered a flat, and the other has been referred into long-term supported housing.
It's been a really positive project which provides flexibility - the pods can be moved to where the need is.
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See also the article - Homeless shelter plus - the Cotton Street Project.
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