Homelessness is on the rise, it’s a tragic fact that cannot be ignored. There are some fantastic local charities in Bristol, like 1625 Independent People and Caring in Bristol, that support people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. But that hard work never seems to be enough during these difficult times.
The latest innovation to tackle homelessness comes in the form of these pod homes, called SoloHaus. Approved in December 2022, these eight miniature homes in St George, specifically in the Derby Street Car Park, are described as “a low-cost housing solution to help give people a step towards independence.” And they’ll start taking residents this month.
Each home is designed to fit a single person and comes complete with a kitchen, bathroom, living area and bedroom, as well as storage, a washing machine and a bike shed. A total of 22 of the 45 parking spaces have been used to make room for the pods, which will provide temporary housing until more permanent homes can be found.
Residents will be able to stay for up to two years at the properties, which sit opposite St George Preschool. A support worker will also visit each day to ensure they are well looked after, as well as help with access to work, GP services and more. The Salvation Army will manage the site.
Originally built by the Hill Group, SoloHaus was given to the housing association Places for People on a low-rent, 60-year lease on September 27. SoloHaus follows the success of eleven ZEDPod homes at the nearby Chalks Road car park. There are currently over 19,000 households on the council’s housing register, however, with more than 1,300 people in Bristol living in temporary accommodation.