Alastair Murray has announced his decision to step down from his role as London Development Coordinator for Housing Justice. Alastair will be moving on to take up new opportunities outside of homelessness but will continue his involvement in housing need and homelessness services in a voluntary capacity.

Alastair has spent more than twenty years working in housing and homelessness services and was a founding staff member at Housing Justice following its amalgamation with UNLEASH, one of its predecessor organisations.

Before starting with Housing Justice in 2003 he worked for several organisations in the field of homelessness including the Passage, Emmaus, North London Action for the Homeless and the Islington Churches Cold Weather Shelter

In his employment with Housing Justice his role and job title changed several times. From 2003 he was UNLEASH Development Worker (p/t). This role became full time in 2007, following which he was promoted to Regions Coordinator, a post he held until 2009 when he was promoted to Deputy Director. His role remained largely unchanged but his job title changed in 2012 to Director of Projects. He held this role until voluntarily reducing his hours and responsibilities in August 2016, when his job title was changed to London Projects Coordinator (p/t)

During his time with UNLEASH he initiated our work with Church Night Shelters, as well as starting the Soup Run Forum and our training day for volunteers in church homelessness projects including shelters. While Deputy Director and Director of Projects, from 2009 to 2016 he helped oversee Housing Justice’s projects working with Church and Community Night Shelters, Faith in Affordable Housing and our Mentoring and Befriending project. He was also instrumental in developing the London No Accommodation (NACCOM) network, now Housing Justice Hosting and the London Hosting Network.

In 2016 Alastair stood down as Director of Projects for health reasons, moving to a new role of London Development Coordinator.

Alastair will formally finish his outstanding Housing Justice commitments over the coming weeks with a celebration of his time at Housing Justice planned for 6th October 6pm, those wishing to attend can email [email protected]

Kathy Mohan, Chief Executive of Housing Justice said;

I want to thank Alastair for  the huge contribution he has made to Housing Justice and homelessness over the last 14 years. After a lifetime of working in homelessness services, and more than a decade working with Housing Justice, Alastair has made a significant contribution to the homelessness sector and in particular faith based services such as church and community night shelters and the people they serve. Everybody at Housing Justice wishes Alastair well, we look forward to giving him a good send off and I’m sure he’ll remain a close friend of Housing Justice as we continue our mission to prevent homelessness and ensure everyone has a home that truly meets their needs.

Alastair Murray said;

“After 25 years of involvement in action on homelessness and 14 with Housing Justice I feel it's time to move on. It's partly health related, as I’m feeling less energetic and inspired for the campaign, and so feel I must move over to let others take up the cause.

I'll definitely continue to be a friend and supporter of Housing Justice and church action on homelessness. I'm not quite ready for retirement, so plan to find something else to do, as well as continuing to play as much music as I can!”