The homeless man with a PHD living in his car has died

A HOMELESS Harlow man, who for a long time lived in his car in Church Langley, has died.

It is understood that Hamid Farahi died in a motel during the freak cold weather this week.

He was 55 years old.

                                 Flowers left on the windshield of Hamid’s car

Hamed had become a well known figure to many customers of Tesco’s in Church Langley, as his car sat just outside the car park.

He developed a good relationship with many members of the public, and their kindness and lack of judgement was well received by a man who’s circumstances were a sad reflection of a successful past.

Hamid’s kind nature led to him being the focus of a Gofundme campaign that hoped to raise enough money to house him over the Christmas period.

The campaign eventually raised over £700, easily exceeding its £500 target.

The founder of the Gofundme campaign, who wishes to remain anonymous, expressed his gratitude to Your Harlow for helping to raise awareness for Hamed.

He said: ‘It is of some comfort to know that Hamed died in the relative comfort of a hotel rather than outside in his car during this bitter weather. I am grateful to everyone who donated to the cause, thank you for allowing Hamed some additional comfort over the Christmas period.’

  Hamid during his stay at the Park Inn, paid for through donations               

In recent times, Harlow charity, Street2Homes had managed to find a roof for Hamid and helped him engage with a number of services.

A spokesperson for Street2Homes said: “We are all shocked here. Hamid had only recent started engaging with us.”

The date of Hamid’s funeral has not yet been released.


Adam Spartley

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