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YMCA fits out shipping containers to provide new flats

The YMCA has turned to shipping containers as a novel solution to housing young people who are struggling to pay London's exorbitant rental prices.

Two of 30 containers that will house young people at Forest YMCA in London Credit: Reuters

The Christian charity is converting 30 of the containers into studio flats at a cost of £20,000 each.

Timothy Pain, the CEO of Forest YMCA, said: "I don't pretend it's a solution for the long term, but for young people it's a way forward and it buys time".

Inside one of the containers that cost £75 per week for residents Credit: Reuters

Louise Stephenson, a former resident, said: "When you're inside here you don't feel like you're in a shipping container, you feel like you're inside a nice hotel room somewhere."