We are delighted to announce that the Hidden Homeless competition has now been launched....

This ideas competition offers designers the opportunity to generate innovative design solutions that explore the challenges of youth homelessness in London.  

Sponsored by New Horizons Youth Centre, it challenges designers and architects to come forward with innovative approaches to decent housing for homeless youngsters.  Although this is an ideas competition, there is the potential and the aspiration to build the best designs generated through this competition on suitable sites in the future.

Homelessness is on the rise and society has a pressing responsibility to tackle the growing crisis. Shelter estimate that while 4,500 people were sleeping rough in Britain in April 2017, more than 300,000, many of whom are young people, were in hostels, temporary shelters or unsuitable and overcrowded accommodation.

Within this context, a number of organisations are doing important work supporting homeless young people but these organisations are finding it extremely difficult to source suitable short term accommodation, where people are supported and safe while they receive help with longer term solutions.  Hence this competition.

The competition brief has been developed to offer a diverse perspective on how homelessness might be addressed.  The competition Jury Panel comprises influential people from across the sector, including Jon Snow the Patron of New Horizons, James Murray, London's Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Developments and Marc Vlessing from Pocket Living.

12 finalists will have their schemes exhibited at a public exhibition at John McAslan & Partners' offices in Euston and the three winning teams will receive modest cash prizes.  

The winners will be announced at the launch of the exhibition when there will also be a series of talks from industry leaders, aiming to explore possible innovative solutions to the unacceptable systemic issue of homelessness.

Details of the competition can be found on the Hidden Homeless webpage.