Numerous shipping containers over Bristol have been transformed into beautiful housing for the homeless.
Charity organization Help Bristol’s Homeless showed the inside of one of the old storage containers which its members worked together to transform in Bedminster.
The org aims to transform the lives of the homeless by giving proper houses for those sleeping rough, something that it emphasizes is not an entitlement but a right.
The company website read: ‘Unlike many homeless charities, our ethos is that housing must come first, and then everything else comes after.
‘Many complex factors can lead to homelessness, and while it is true that these issues need to be resolved to keep people off the street, we believe that the priority must be to get people into safe, stable and comfortable accommodation.
‘From there, we can help them to improve their own lives and reach their potential.’
The new container homes have been fitted with a bathroom, living room, bedroom, and kitchen, and will be available as accommodation for a person who sleeps on the streets for a year.
The great act allows people who are sleeping rough to get an opportunity to find employment.
Property company Colliers International converted some containers, making it one of Bristol business involved in the project, alongside Balfour Beatty, Barratt Homes, and EDF Energy.
Restaurateur and army veteran Jasper Thompson, who founded Help Bristol’s Homeless, told Bristol Live: ‘Colliers has been fantastic. Without their help there would be two more people sleeping on the streets.
‘We are so grateful to all of the businesses involved in this project, which are helping to improve the lives of rough sleepers.’
Thompson founded the organization after he saw the increasing number of homeless people in Bristol. Those who are given a home are referred following an assessment. They are also given ongoing support.
‘They are also given opportunities to develop skills by helping in the conversion of the containers into homes,’ Thompson said.
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