5 March 2021

As of this week, people who’ve found themselves sleeping rough on the streets have been given a great opportunity to restart their lives with the opening of 6 more modular homes in Cambridge.

The modular homes, for single people with a history of homelessness, have been designed and provided by housebuilder Hill and installed on land owned by Cambridge City Council in the north of the City.

Similar to the previous 4 modular homes launched in December 2020, local homelessness charity Jimmy’s will manage and provide support to the new residents and work with the council and other local organisations to continue to provide support to people who need it most. Despite the added pressures of COVID-19, it remains a priority to offer new homes to people who have been sleeping on the streets.

A resident, Mick (name changed), who moved into one of the new homes in December its really pleased with his new home. “I’m loving my new place, it’s perfect for me and I’m enjoying having my own space. I feel lucky and am really grateful for this opportunity.”

This takes the total new modular homes donated by Hill so far to 10. The modular homes are huge commitment from Hill to support people who experience homelessness. Cambridge City Council provide the land, and Jimmy’s provides the ongoing support.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing, said: The provision of these homes underlines the Council’s commitment to providing a robust pathway out of homelessness as part of our broader strategy. They provide a tangible opportunity for rough sleepers to move off the streets and build their lives again.”

Tom Hill, Regional Director at Hill said “We are really proud to offer the next stage of our ongoing support to people who are homeless and delighted to see them move into these high quality homes. Foundation 200 is a true representation of Hill’s dedication to helping people who are in need of safe, secure accommodation.”

Mark Allan, Chief Executive of Jimmy’s Cambridge, said “These next 6 modular homes provide further opportunities to people who are homeless. They are a steppingstone for people who have been sleeping rough to give them a real home, and to provide the support and renewed hope to overcome a very difficult period in their lives.”