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The Thorntree model

Rowan Alba’s centre at Thorntree St. in Leith operates a unique model for living that supports former street homeless people in a sustainable way of life.

Independent individuals by nature, Thorntree tenants contribute to the management and organisation. The atmosphere is far from the top-down regimes which have characterised ‘homeless shelters’ in the past.

Based on the 15 year development of Thorntree St, we have created the Thorntree Model. This blend of inclusivity, pragmatism and knowledge can be applied in other locations to help people who are often stigmatised as a thorn in the side of society.

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