Dundee council to provide 100 homes for Social Bite initiative

Dundee council has promised to provide 100 homes for those sleeping on the streets as part of a social initiative.

The council will give housing as part of the Social Bite 600 Homes Campaign which aims to address the issue of homelessness in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Social Bite said the programme is being largely funded by £3 million of the money raised from December’s Sleep in the Park, when 8000 people including Sir Bob Geldof took part in “the world’s biggest sleepout” in freezing conditions in Edinburgh.

The first homes will become available in Spring this year with roughly 33 properties per month being released each month up to September 2019.

The 600 Homes campaign follows a “Housing First” model which involves giving people a secure home and then putting in place a support structure to help them sustain their tenancy and re-integrate into society.

Social Bite will invest £1.5m into funding the support costs over the first 12 months and then plans to invest a further £1.5m over the following 12 months, alongside other funders.


Councillor Kevin Cordell, the Dundee’s convener of neighbourhood services, said: “The council is pleased to be part of the 600 Homes campaign, which will help  us to provide sustainable outcomes for vulnerable people in line with our Not Just a Roof housing options and homelessness plan.”

Social Bite runs a chain of social enterprise cafes and distributes 100,000 items of food and hot drinks to homeless people across Scotland each year, as well as employing staff who have experienced homelessness themselves.

It has drawn support from several high-profile figures with Hollywood stars Leonardo di Caprio and George Clooney, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and the Duchess of Cornwall among those who have visited its Edinburgh premises.

The Sleep in the Park event raised around £4million.