Bristol converting containers into housing for homeless

A man sleeps on the ground.
A rough sleeper. Photo credit: Getty

A social enterprise in the city of Bristol is building shipping containers to house rough sleepers.

Dozens of the containers are being converted by the Help Bristol's Homeless, an enterprise started by Army veteran and restaurateur Jasper Thompson, reports.

Each unit has a lounge, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom and the project is led by homeless people.

"It's about everyone working together, learning trades and people pulling each other up," Mr Thompson told

"We're registering as a social enterprise, we'd love to see this work and roll more places out there. We've shown what can be done with a bit of energy and support."

Property company Colliers International is involved in the conversions, as well as a number of Bristol businesses.

"Staff in the Bristol office have always rolled up their sleeves and got involved in Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives," Colliers International spokesperson Tim Davies said.

"This ambitious project takes that to a new level as, by helping to transform former shipping containers into temporary homes, Colliers staff will also be helping to transform the lives of homeless people in Bristol."

Everyone accommodated in the containers has been referred from an assessment and will be given the help they need.

The containers will house rough sleepers for an entire year.


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