efe-epaStoke-on-Trent (UK)

Dignified housing pods set up in a large industrial warehouse in the English city of Stoke-on-Trent offer homeless people an opportunity to take the first step away from life on the street.

Former Manchester United legend and Scotland international Lou Macari founded the initiative four years ago but has recently had to adapt the shelter to meet Covid-19 health standards.

Having initially offered a large shared space, the Macari Centre now comprises rows of self-contained housing pods, each one complete with a bed, furniture, heating, electricity and a number on the door, a small detail that can make a big difference.

“Having their own little number on the pod is a big help,” Macari tells Efe. “It gives them, for the first time in their life probably, a property with a number, which helps when they go looking for a job and you’re always asked what your address is, and before they had no address.”EFE-EPA