Shelter, the United Kingdom's national charity campaigning on housing and homelessness, has set up a virtual plot of land with the aim of building a city to help the homeless.
Shelter's vision is that everyone should have a home - somewhere decent, safe, affordable and permanent.Shelter helps more than 170,000 people a year fight for their rights, get back on their feet, and find and keep a home.
Running in Flash the city is made out of iconic pixelart with plots available to buy at varying prices according your choice of bulding. Green space is available from as little as £5 with houses starting at £10, the money goes direct to the charity.
Being able to help the homeless by purchasing a house in a virtual world is a unique and clever concept, the image below illustrates the interface and our house (far left) in the city:
- A £10 terraced house could pay for a ten minute call to Shelter’s free national helpline.
- A £20 Victorian house could pay for a 'starting at school' pack to help a child who has been homeless settle into a new school.
- A £100 Georgian house could help provide a detailed consultation with a trained housing adviser.
- A £500 department store could help run a monthly housing advice surgery in a local community centre.
You can go direct to our plot from here.
For more information see http://www.buildacity.org.uk/