GARY MESSENGER

ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

Gary contributes to assignments that focus on rough sleeping, temporary accommodation and supported housing.
HE has worked in the housing sector since 2001, for a national government and a nationwide voluntary organisation. HE IS CO-AUTHOR OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATON'S 2017 PUBLICATION 'HOUSING OUR HOMELESS HOUSEHOLDS', WHICH PROMOTES GOOD PRACTICE IN ADMINISTERING TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION DUTIES

Gary worked for Homeless Link from 2011 to 2016, where he headed-up their strategy and partnership programmes. HE LED ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMMES WITH VOLUNTRAY ORGANISATIONS, SHARED GOOD PRACTICE, AND INNOVATED NEW APPROACHES TO TACKLING HOMELESSNESS. HE ALSO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR OVESEEING EVALUTIONS OF PEOPLE SLEEPING ROUGH ACROSS Greater London AND SOUTH EAST ENGLAND

From 2001 to 2011 GARY worked for the UK Government, initially as a lead officer in the Rough Sleepers Unit, ensuring that the rough sleeping target was met and maintained. Latterly he headed-up the homelessness programme for the Department for Communities & Local Government, achieving a 50% reduction in the number of households in temporary accommodation. HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING MULTI-MILLION POUND REVENUE BUDGET FOR PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS
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