Posts from "John-Mark McCafferty"

John-Mark McCafferty

John-Mark McCafferty became CEO of Threshold in January 2017.

Prior to Threshold John-Mark was Head of Social Justice and Policy with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, working on policies including income, utilities policy, child poverty, financial inclusion, housing and sustainable development.

State must become less reliant on private landlords

Posted on May 07, 2019 by John-Mark McCafferty


It is Government policy to place the majority of those with a long-term housing need not in secure social housing tenancies but in the private rented sector (PRS) supported by the housing assistance payment (HAP) where they can be evicted for no reason. We need to face up to the fact that the policy is failing us. HAP is a poor substitute for social housing. It pays the rent to the landlord, while the tenant pays a rental contribution to the local authority in the same way as social housing …

Read the full post »

The curse of the cure

Posted on March 10, 2019 by John-Mark McCafferty


How do you show something that isn’t there? How do you represent something which hasn’t happened? How do you explain your success when it’s …an absence of something? In any event, they say when you’re explaining, you’re losing. At this time of continued crisis in the housing and homelessness sector, the need to show delivery is vital: cold weather emergency beds; homeless hubs; services to make the lives of homeless people a little easier. With up to 10,000 people officially …

Read the full post »