The tragedy of the Beirut port explosion exacerbated the situation in many neighboring areas, most of which consisted of old and historical buildings inhabited by large numbers of tenants. In addition to the destruction of their homes, the absence of any integrated plan for restoration and the competent authorities’ failure to offer the necessary assistance and follow-up have subjected residents to threats of eviction and permanent displacement. Public Works Studio has carried out studies on the housing situation in the affected areas and receives reports from residents through the Housing Monitor. The panel discussion will cover the findings of these studies and discuss how to support the most marginalized groups, women, male and female foreign workers, refugees, and the LGBT community, in defending their right to housing.
The research will be presented by PW team, followed by commentaries from:
Hamza Al Said - Committee of the residents of the area affected by the Beirut blast | Soha Mneimneh - Urban Lab | A representative of Frontiers Ruwad Association | Tarek Zeidan - Helem.