Modular Homes

Jimmy’s Cambridge is at the forefront of new solutions to tackling homelessness

Innovative new homes

Since June 2020, 22 new homes have been built and opened to provide supported living for people who have been experiencing homelessness in Cambridge.

This innovative project was the result of two partnerships. We first opened 6 in June 2020 with Allia and the New Meaning Foundation on land provided by a local church.

We opened a further 16 homes across 3 different sites built and donated by Hill Homes, on land provided by Cambridge City Council.

These custom-built units are specifically designed to be used on short to medium term sites across the city on land that would otherwise be unused.

High quality supported living

Each home is fully self-contained for one person, and Jimmy’s provides intensive personalised support. When the units move to another location in the city, residents have the choice of continuing to live in their homes or moving on to more permanent accommodation.

The project has benefited from the kindness and generosity of a whole host of donors and supporters who have enabled the homes to be built and to make each one a home with white goods, furniture, bedding and all the other essential household items.

We are still raising funds to ensure we can fund the long term support.

Making a difference

Mark Allan, Jimmy’s Chief Executive, says:

“One of the main challenges facing people who are homeless is finding affordable accommodation backed up with the support to help deal with the causes of what led them to sleeping rough on the streets in the first place. These projects offer both. New affordable homes, backed up with a team of committed, caring staff and volunteers with expertise in supporting people. These new homes will change people’s lives".

Backed by research

Jimmy’s has partnered with Cambridge University to assess the effectiveness of this innovative new project. The university launched its initial findings in 2020, and the results have proved very positive so far. More details can be found here - Modular homes for people experiencing homelessness | Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research.

In October 2021 Cambridge University has launched it latest report which can be found here Mini ‘mod’ homes can help rough sleepers get off the streets for good (

Modular homes are a real solution to the housing crisis, and Jimmy's is grateful to be part of this pioneering approach with our partners, to giving people much needed homes.