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Cunningham House

Cunningham House is a short-stay, supported hostel for homeless people located in the heart of Edinburgh. The hostel has 23 rooms, 20 for men and 3 for women. The hostel provides a safe, supportive environment where residents can address the issues and circumstances that have led to homelessness. Cunningham House is a dry house; no alcohol or drugs are permitted on the premises.

There are self catering facities for residents and support is available for budgeting and food preparation where required.

We work with single homeless people (18-65) who have additional support needs they wish support with; such as offending, drug, alcohol and mental health matters. A person can stay at Cunningham House initially for up to 2 years . During this time they will be supported by a keyworker who will work with them to develop a personal support plan for their stay. They will meet regularly with their keyworker, gaining help to find permanent accommodation and assistance with other issues they wish to address.

Aims and Objectives

  • To create a safe and welcoming environment for all who use the service.
  • To provide general, practical and emotional support.
  • To encourage people to develop, participate in and take responsibility for their personal support plan.
  • To assist people in securing longer-term accommodation appropriate to their needs.
  • To enable people to access and maintain support from other agencies.
  • To encourage people to maintain on-going relationships.
  • To enable people to develop their interests and skills.


Each of our rooms have en-suite shower/ toilet facilities. Two of our rooms are adapted for people with mobility problems. We have shared sitting room and kitchenette facilities on each landing. Communal Facilities include a large sitting room with TV, games room with pool table and free laundry facilities. 

We run regular art classes and daily devotional times open to all residents who wish. Other activities include pool competitions, games nights, outings to the cinema, theatre, bowling and even a canal boat trip. Visitors are welcome but are restricted to certain times. This is not a suitable environment for children.


The staff team includes:1 Service Manager, 2 Team Leaders, 3 Project Workers, 6 Support Workers, 4 Night Support Workers and 1 Administrator. Staff are available 24 hours a day and can be approached at any time for practical or emotional support. We can offer practical support with issues such as form-filling, letter writing, advocacy and accompanying to appointments.


All referrals now come directly from the City of Edinburgh Council - Temporary Accommodation Service. Please contact The City of Edinburgh Council if you wish to be referred to Cunningham House.

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Contact Details

David Marsland
Cunningham House
205 Cowgate
0131 225 4795
0131 220 1354


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