Dame Louise Casey


DAME LOUISE CASEY is a Visiting Professor at King's College London and a guest lecturer at the London School of Economics. She has been a driving force in the establishment of the Institute for Global Homelessness based in Chicago, with the aim of delivering an international solution to homelessness across the world. The Institute is part of DePaul University and also part of a wider Vincentian Homeless Alliance.

A former British government official (also known as a 'Tzar') , she worked on issues relating to social welfare for four Prime Ministers. She was made head of the Rough Sleepers' Unit in 1999 under Prime Minister Tony Blair where she successfully led the strategy and action to reduce the numbers of homelessness people living on the streets by two thirds within a three year period.

Prior to becoming a civil servant, Louise was Deputy Director of the homelessness charity Shelter and worked for many years in homelessness charities before that.

Dame Louise was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the Queen's birthday honours list, 2016.

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