A COUNCIL project to provide homeless shelters in the form of converted shipping containers has reached fruition.

The new units were put in place on Tuesday and will be used by Wrexham Council’s housing options service to help people who might be homeless or need supporting into recovery.

The units are situated on Holt Road, near the Tŷ Nos night shelter, although Wrexham Council make it clear the containers aren’t run by Pennaf, who operate Tŷ Nos.

The containers will be used to help people who are involved in some sort of long-term recovery – either on their way back to getting a long-term tenancy, or as they receive support for addiction or health.


It’ll be some stable, private accommodation while they look to get in to further, longer-term support.

Of the four new homes, three will be used as accommodation under a licence agreement with the service users living in them, while the fourth will only be used when the council’s Severe Weather Emergency Protocol – or SWEP – is activated.


Cllr Mark Pritchard, leader of Wrexham Council, said: “This project is the first of its kind in North Wales, and we know how much public interest has centred around this work since discussions began.

“As a form of temporary accommodation, these new units will help us and our partner agencies to give support to those who need it most.

“They will be an excellent stepping stone to those who are suffering from addiction, or are living on the streets, and are on their way to long term recovery.

“I’d like to thank all those officers who have worked incredibly hard to get this project up and running, as well as those partner agencies who have worked alongside us to ensure we could get things in place.”