Homeless people get private 'pods'

Jo Mattock

Plans to lodge homeless people in 'pods' inspired by Japanese capsule hotels have been unveiled in Brighton.

The St Patrick's Trust for the Homeless has a 22-bed night shelter that is currently arranged in dormitories. But the trust plans to build individual rooms to give homeless people private space.

Each room, or pod, will contain a single bed, a secure storage cupboard and smoke and personal alarms. The idea was developed in consultation with local authorities and homeless people.

Steve Sharp, chief executive at St Patrick's Trust, described each pod as a "crash pad" - somewhere homeless people can sleep for a few nights before moving on to a hostel.

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