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Homeless shipping container scheme an 'overwhelming success'

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

Homeless shipping container scheme an 'overwhelming success' Homeless shipping container scheme an 'overwhelming success'

A project to house homeless people in reconditioned shipping containers has been deemed an "overwhelming success".

An independent report on the Brighton scheme, which opened six months ago, has revealed that 94% of its tenants believe it is an improvement on where they lived before.

The 36 units, installed on the site of former scrapyard, were originally shipped over from Holland, where they were designed and built.

Charity the Brighton Housing Trust, which manages the project, has permission to keep the units on the site for five years.

Despite the high levels of customer satisfaction, some tenants have complained about the projects rent levels.

BHT chief executive Andy Winter said: "Our rents are within the cheapest 30% of rents for a one-bed flat in the city and within the maximum range for housing benefit payments."

The unique homes provide temporary accommodation for Brighton's homeless. BHT believes that up to a 100 people sleep rough on the city's streets every night.

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