Portfolio Project Detail

THE BARBICAN OF HOPE Bahaa ElDin Mohamed, Peter Moawad, Sherry Wagih

More than 10,000 people sleep rough on the streets of London every year Last year 320,000 people were recorded homeless in the UK. This is the equivalent of 36 new people becoming homeless every day. The number of rough sleepers reported in February 2020 was 141% higher than in 2010. Reports of rough sleeping in the UK rose dramatically during the first lockdown. Alerts by members of the public regarding rough sleepers increased by 36% year on year between April and June 2020. With the current economic recession as a result of Covid-19, this rate is likely to increase. They come from every walk of life, and many of them want to find work.

One of the most important parameters that has significantly contributed to the economic crisis worldwide is the swift increase in job losses, which leads to repossession or inability to pay rent. In turn, it increased the number of homeless. We want to challenge the perception that homeless people are any different from the rest of us. Homelessness begins when something bad happens and you don’t have family or friends around to help. It could happen to any of us. When most people think of homelessness they think of someone sleeping on the streets. However, hidden homelessness is rife in London. The vast majority of homeless people exist out of sight in: Hostels, Temporary accommodation such as B&Bs, sofa-surfing, squatting and living in conditions of severe overcrowding.

Barrier to employment (77% of people living in hostels say they actively want to work).

Our project is to support people so they can leave homelessness behind. Our projects lay in London Iconic area to provide life-changing advice and support to homeless people, empowering them to move on and make a fresh start away from the street, changing them to affective weapon that increase England’s economy instead of incurs the expenses on it. By creating a Workspace Centre and Hub to support them with training classes and a work placement and providing managerial and economic advices to their projects by using the co-working spaces which equipped by the technologies and staff that may they need it to look for their projects worldwide. Crucially, this will ensure that each person has his/her own space and the flow of fresh air and the source of natural light, to keep them safe and help prevent the spread of the virus.