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The $58,000 Sleeping Bus

 
May 13th 2016
 

An Australian man who used to sleep in his car has raised enough money to buy a ‘Sleep Bus’ – a coach that he plans to convert into a homeless hostel-on-wheels in Melbourne. If you’re thinking reclining seats and snoring neighbours, think again.

The specially designed buses will feature 22 individual ‘sleep pods’, each with their own mattress and bedding, TV, lockable door, personal items locker and mobile phone charger – plus there’s under-bus storage, two toilets and eight pet kennels.

A three-month trial of the bus is due to take place from June, reported the Age. The brains behind the bus, Simon Rowe, has raised over $70,000 for the bus and trial via the crowdfunding site GoFundMe, and if the pilot is successful he plans to export the idea around the country.

 
 
 

May/June 2016

 

Contents

Gail Porter talks to us...

Street Fridge Open 24/7

Amazon now does homes

LA hospital pays out for ‘dumping’ homeless patient

Homeless stats ignore domestic violence

The $58,000 Sleeping Bus

FareShare London to open at weekend

Be part of the Museum of Homelessness

The UK’s first pop-up village

Worrying number of homeless children in Scotland

March against controversial housing bill

Destitution: record high

Glasgow City Council failing in its duty to homeless people

Journey of a Citizen

PSPOs: a UK-wide problem

Crack + Cider

Spotting psychosis

Mental Health: Focus

 

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