The Scottish charity Social Bite, which has attracted celebrity support from the Oscar winners George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio, has announced plans to build a row of low-cost, eco-friendly homes to help end the vicious cycle of homelessness.
The social enterprise, which runs a chain of sandwich shops across Scotland that train and employ homeless staff, is planning to construct 10 purpose-built houses in Granton, in the north of Edinburgh, in partnership with the council.
About 20 residents will stay in the supervised “village” environment – with access to counselling, addiction therapy and budgeting advice – for up to a year before moving on to more permanent accommodation.
Social Bite’s founder, Josh Littlejohn, said that, since starting the enterprise more than four years ago, he had come to realise that providing job opportunities only met one of homeless people’s multiple needs.
By providing an alternative to the “isolating” bed and breakfast accommodation on …