Dan Peters 10 September 2021

Village hall to be used to house homeless

Village hall to be used to house homeless image

A village hall will be converted into homes for the homeless in a scheme that is thought to be a first in the UK.

East Hampshire DC plans to construct 10 individual studio pods inside Pinewood village hall to help cope with a ‘critical shortage’ of temporary accommodation within the district for single homeless people.

The council’s portfolio holder for welfare and community integration, Cllr Julie Butler, said: ‘This is a brilliantly innovative way of alleviating a serious issue and finding comfortable, safe and supported accommodation for people that would otherwise be out of the system and forgotten.

'It also makes excellent use of a community building that is no longer serving a useful purpose.’

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