Project Malachi is a vision for a new ‘pop-up hostel’ in Ilford, East London . Led by The Salvation Army in Ilford, and supported by a sponsoring committee of senior local faith leaders, Project Malachi is a radical new approach to entrenched rough sleeping, creating a new kind of homelessness hostel, with an integrated bicycle refurbishment social enterprise. This innovative project is the first of its kind to target rough sleepers who have No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) in this way.
The Salvation Army's existing homelessness and social enterprise work in Ilford is integral to the life of the church community. However, the team recognise that a site which could provide year-round hostel provision would provide the opportunity to expand this work.
London Borough of Redbridge has agreed to make 1a Chadwick Road available to The Salvation Army on a 5-year lease. The land was cleared in the summer of 2017. This will provide the opportunity to use the space to create a social enterprise workshop and accommodation units. This will count as ‘meanwhile use’ prior to the Ilford town centre regeneration.
The site at Chadwick Road offers the possibility to develop a project that would be the first of its kind, tailored specifically to the needs in Ilford, but replicable in other parts of the country who also have a high number of NRPF rough sleepers. This project would generate an income from Housing Benefit or Temporary Accommodation budgets.
The preferred new building will be a temporary structure created from converted shipping containers creating accommodation and workshop facilities allowing residents to make informed decisions about their future, whether this is:
- Getting into employment enabling self-sufficiency
- Reconnecting to country of origin
- Gain leave to remain / naturalisation, and becoming eligible for support in mainstream service.
Significantly, the site on Chadwick Road is also the first place that The Salvation Army ever met when it came to Ilford in 1886 in a room rented above Gilderson’s funeral directors at 1a Chadwick.