Elizabeth O’Hara is a housing specialist with a longstanding interest in using the law to address problems of every day life. She has spent many years developing policy and strategy, including at Shelter. Her background is in housing and homelessness services and the not-for profit advice sector. Elizabeth has worked with long term rough sleepers; managed a housing and benefits service for homeless families in temporary accommodation; worked as part of a specialist HIV housing advice team; and worked under legal aid contracts in the housing team at North Kensington Law Centre.
Elizabeth has served as an elected board member of Walterton & Elgin Community Homes (WECH), a resident controlled, community-led housing association. She was a trustee in the early years of Bail for Immigration Detainees, a charity set up to challenge unfair immigration in the UK. Elizabeth has also worked with the Housing Ombudsman Service on its Panel of Advisers.