Robina Rafferty to be presented with Papal Medal

 The first Chief Executive of Christian homelessness charity Housing Justice, Robina Rafferty, is to be presented with the Holy Cross Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice by the Archbishop of Cardiff, the Most Reverend Peter Smith, at a Mass tomorrow at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Old Marylebone Road, NW1 The award of the medal is in recognition of Robina's 30 years of service putting Catholic social teaching into action. Robina joined Housing Justice's predecessor the Catholic Housing Aid Society as a housing adviser in 1976 and became first Assistant Director and then Director of CHAS. After more than a decade successfully leading CHAS she became the founding Chief Executive of Housing Justice in 2003. She retired from this role in 2006. Robina was a member of the Archbishop's Commission on Urban Priority Areas which produced the report, Faith in the City, in 1985, and as CHAS Director helped to found the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homelessness and Housing Need in Parliament acting as its Clerk until her retirement in 2006. In 1998 Robina received an MBE for services to homeless people and in 2002 was awarded the Cross of St Augustine by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Dr George Carey. the government's Community Empowerment Division, supports resident-led regeneration in 15 Guide Neighbourhoods across the UK . Regenerate brings together residents who have transformed their estates with those who want to embark on the regeneration process to share learning and offer support. Housing Justice works with, and for, homeless and badly housed people of all faiths, and with those who have no religious beliefs. All our services are offered to the whole community and, wherever possible, we work in partnership with others who share our values, regardless of religious beliefs. Source: Housing Justice

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