Earlier this year, Hany was forced into homelessness after his mother died and he lost their home. Together with his support worker, he's built his life back up.

Hany is full of ideas about what he’s going to do with his life now that he’s in his own home in North London. 

“I finally have my own space, my own place to think and plan ahead. I’m very excited for what's ahead.“ 

A blender sits in his kitchen. He uses it to whip up different smoothie and juice recipes – the basis for his idea of a healthy drinks line that he can sell from a van. 

“I used to weight train seriously so I know about nutrition and how important it is when you're trying to get fit. Now that I’m in my own place, I can work out and build out my business plan. It’s so peaceful here.” 

It was only early this year that Hany’s life was anything but peaceful. After his mother died, he had nowhere to go and ended up homeless in South London. After being placed in shared accommodation, he was referred to Single Homeless Project where he found a flat with the help of his support worker Emily. 

“She helped me so much. She confidently helped me negotiate the deposit and rent with the letting agent. I would’ve been so unsure otherwise. 

Hany was never given the tools to build a life for himself. After an unsettled childhood, he had to leave home at 16 and fend for himself. That instability stayed with him into adulthood. Without the right support, he found himself with nowhere to go and turned to substances. 

Having a safe space to call my home is everything to me. It’s a base for me to get back on track and I’m really excited for what the future holds.

“It was a dark time. I felt alienated from everyone and so vulnerable. But I am clean now and ready to put my life back together. I am building back a relationship with my dad and he has been helping me settle into my new flat. 

“It has taken time to get to where I am. Having a safe space to call my home is everything to me. It’s a base for me to get back on track and I’m really excited for what the future holds.”