Category Archives: iKozie

Caring Council approve plans for Micro-homes for homeless

 

It’s estimated that almost 500 people sleep rough every single night in England. However thanks to one of the country’s most innovative homeless charities and a local council, that may all be about to change. Worcester City Council is set to do their bit for the City, having granted planning permission to The Homeless Foundation for an iKozie Micro-Home. A cosy, self-contained, fully-fitted home, the iKozie is designed to house young people who find themselves homeless and provide a base to enable them get back on their feet.

 

Measuring 186 square foot (17.25sqm), the iKozie will be built using modular construction off-site and lifted into position via a crane in the back garden of a an existing house upon completion. Due to be used for move-on accommodation to help the homeless people transition from hostels into independent living, it features everything anyone would need – including a living area, full-fitted kitchen complete with appliances, a bedroom and a bathroom.

 

Kieran O’Donnell, Trustee of The Homeless Foundation, said, “We are extremely grateful to Worcester City Council for embracing this innovative idea. There is a huge shortage of move-on accommodation for the homeless and we are delighted that we can now build the first of many affordable, micro-homes and continue our mission to help the homeless move on to independent living.”

 

It’s also been suggested that the iKozie Micro-Home could aid in helping young people get a home of their own and get away from shared housing, as rents would be similar. Costing around £40,000 each to build, they are relatively inexpensive in comparison to traditional homes. Working well on brownfield sites, they can also be stacked to create new sustainable mixed communities for students, young professionals and key workers in addition to the homeless.

 

“Worcester City Council is delighted to support this innovative solution to housing young people as they make a new start in their lives,” says Cllr Roger Berry, Cabinet Member for Housing and Heritage.  “With increased pressure on the public purse, cost effective and innovative solutions like this are projects the Council is proud to support.”

 

Designed in conjunction with Eastabrook Architects, based in Gloucestershire, and planning consultants, Planning Prospects from Worcestershire, the ergonomic house was inspired by yacht interiors and First Class airline suites. Extremely robust yet compact, the house could be the first of many used to cure the housing crisis and improve the supply of affordable housing.IMG_0413 ikozie-bedroom1 ikozie-livingroom1 ikozie-livingroom2

First iKozie Resident Moves Into iKozie Micro-Home

The first iKozie resident has officially moved in: Kieran was homeless at 17, and is now moving on with life with help from the Homeless Foundation and Spring Housing.


Guardian Journalist Tries Out New iKozie Micro-Home

A journalist from the Guardian was invited into a Worcester back garden to try out our proposed solution to the problem of rough sleeping – the iKozie. The idea of the iKozie is that it will act as a stepping stone to move people from hostels and other managed establishments into their own accommodation, where they… Read more


“Inside Worcester’s unique micro home built for the homeless” – BBC News

From the BBC News article: “A unique micro home, created to tackle homelessness, is ready for its first occupant. Called the iKozie, it cost £40,000 to build and was the brainchild of The Homeless Foundation with the aim of helping a homeless person transition from hostels to independent living.” You can read the full article online… Read more


“First ‘micro home’ lands in Worcester charity’s back garden” – The Guardian

iKozie has been featured in several newspapers and websites over the last few weeks, including this article in the Guardian. Taken from the article: “A unique ‘micro home’ inspired by the layouts of luxury yachts and airline first class cabins has been craned into place as part of an effort to ease homelessness in a British… Read more


iKozie “cure for the housing crisis” – The Guardian

The iKozie is in the news again this week, this time mentioned in an article in the Guardian. The article states: “There are various other schemes around or in development. A West Midlands charity called the Homeless Foundation has developed the iKozie – a single-person home measuring 17.25 sq m whose design was inspired by… Read more


iKozie in the News

We’ve had some great coverage of our iKozie in the local and national press; you can see links to the various publications here:


iKozie Micro-Home

The first iKozie Micro-Home was craned into place on August 29th 2017 and will be ready for occupation at end of September.