Look around the Reading pods providing 40 rough sleepers with a bed this Christmas

A location with 40 heated, modular capsules was opened in Reading. Since it opened on Monday, 35 homeless people have moved in, and more are expected to come

Rough sleepers from all over Reading have moved into modular homes.

The site opened on Monday, December 6th, and since then 35 people have moved into the pods.

Senior Councilor for Housing at Reading Borough Council Ellie Emberson said the capsules will be there for about 18 to 24 months and stated that they can be moved around town if necessary. They can last up to 40 years.

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Cllr Emberson said the council is investing £ 1.2 million a year to help rough sleepers and said it has pledged to build 300 new homes over the next four years.

Located just behind the train station on Caversham Road, the site benefits from 24/7 local support from the council’s partner, St. Mungo’s Homeless Aid.

There are 40 pods in total, and each pod has a bed, a kitchenette with a sink, cupboards, refrigerator, stove top, microwave, kettle and toaster, and a private bathroom with a shower.

The site also has separate communal laundries.

The new houses are intended to enable the residents to rebuild their lives through longer-term accommodation paired with 24-hour care and support.

The pods were also designed to be environmentally friendly and have LED lighting and electric surface heating.

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