Mr Canni’s ‘crazy’ concept to address homelessness


Two months ago my husband Charlie O’Sullivan (aka Mr Canni) told me about an concept he had to turn this disused warehouse which hadn’t been touched because the 60’s, into a short-term homeless shelter with the owner’s, Mark Fitzpatrick, permission. I did not totally appreciate at the time that this was going to be the 1st of its sort that would be viewed as ‘legal’ if he could make it occur.

Quick forward two months and while it hasn’t been plain sailing it has just been signed off as protected to open its doors to 15 guests and up to 60 if we have any much more snow.

An army of volunteers and organisations such as Street Kitchen have rallied round, as nicely as the regional neighborhood, by way of Nextdoor, to deck this spot out with a totally functioning kitchen, toilets, showers electrics and so a great deal much more. With committed funding from the GLA and regional councils, donations have been flooding in of cloths, rugs, meals, bedding, sofas, fridges and even a candle which appears like a Bakewell tart!

Right here is the most current write-up and we hope there will be much more to come now that it is going to be officially opened.

While I have been on the sidelines of this project, I have been definitely touched and impressed at how everybody has rallied with each other and it just proves individuals want to support and will when they know how!

On the left is Charles O’Sullivan whose concept this was and on the ideal is Mark Fitzpatrick the warehouse owner and yes that is JC in the middle, when they got the opportunity to inform him all about this pilot and we only hope that it may possibly develop into 1 portion of the a great deal necessary resolution to address our each expanding homelessness crisis. Verify out the video of the project here


At the Canni Household we constantly mentioned we wanted to do much more than sell Cannabis oil we hoped to have a social effect as folks and ultimately as a small business. Properly the Canni Hound has completed his bit as a Therapy dog so Mrs Canni much better get on with her bit now……to be continued.

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