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We are exploring the role that modular homes can play in housing people experiencing homelessness, focusing on an innovative Cambridge-based scheme. 

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In the first scheme of its kind in England, six modular homes have been installed on a temporary site in Cambridge to house six local people experiencing homelessness.

The project is a collaboration between social enterprises Allia and New Meaning, and Jimmy’s Cambridge, a charity which provides emergency help, support and accommodation to people experiencing homelessness in Cambridge. The CCHPR research team have been analysing the impact of the project, in collaboration with Dr Johannes Lenhard from the Department of Social Anthropology’s Max Planck Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change.

In addition to an article on the University of Cambridge main website, the modular units have been widely covered in the media:

https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/mission-accomplished-as-modular-homes-installed-9110820/

https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2020-06-04/modular-homes-for-the-homeless-installed-in-cambridge

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/10/innovative-projects-tackling-homelessness-around-the-world/

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/micro-homes-help-rough-sleepers-rebuild-their-lives-rs6cmqwfb

'Cambridge's First New Modular Homes', a video from Jimmy's Cambridge, shows the new units in situ, and provides a look inside.

Modular Housing Project: resident experiences

Our report explores how and why the residents' increased sense of security and autonomy has enabled them to make positive changes to their lives. The evidence from the research suggests that providing modular homes in tandem with robust support services has the potential to improve outcomes for people experiencing homelessness. 

Modular Housing Project: preliminary findings

Our preliminary findings report draws insights into the project from residents and stakeholders.

Small-scale modular housing could provide a lifeline for people experiencing homelessness

CCHPR researchers have teamed up with colleagues at the Max Planck Cambridge Centre for Ethics Economy and Social Change in this article for The Conversation.

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June 2020

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