In January 2016, I was thrilled to be awarded a Travelling Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, enabling me to venture all the way to America in my quest to find alternative solutions for homelessness issues in Britain. This once-in-a-lifetime venture was an incredible learning experience, enabling me to connect with the professionals and services I had respected and admired for so long, from afar.
Towards the end of the homeless housing pilot scheme I completed in Manchester between 2013-15, an investor I’d worked with regularly since the beginning approached me with regards to creating a ‘model’ property; one where we could take all of our learnings from the previous two years to create a stunning example of innovation in affordable housing options.
In the last article – The Local Housing Allowance ‘Strategy’ – I talked about property networking events and the fun I had in the early days immersing myself in my new role. It was at one such event that I met a young, entrepreneurial landlord in 2013 with whom I struck-up an immediate rapport.
Having left my council role in the hope of identifying solutions to homelessness within the private rental sector, in 2013 I began attending property networking events in my home city of Manchester.
This week we are very pleased to introduce the latest member of our team, Amy Varle. Amy is a fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, social entrepreneur and the founder of Social Property Investment, an affordable housing strategy with the aim of reducing homelessness in Britain.