Jean Demars has worked in a variety of frontline and management roles across the homelessness and migration sectors since 2000.
Between 2012-15, He was Head of Housing at Praxis Community Projects. He set up and developed a housing and support programme for undocumented migrants, including the creation of a cross-subsidy housing model financed through social investment. He also developed Street Legal, a partnership between St Mungo’s, Refugee Action and Praxis to deliver immigration advice and accommodation for rough sleepers with No Recourse to Public Funds.
Since 2015, he completed a Clore Social Leadership Fellowship and started working as an independent consultant. He has delivered various pieces of work for a number of clients: ARHAG, Migrants Rights Network, Hackney Migrant Centre, Haringey Migrant Support Centre, South London Refugee Association, Deighton Pierce Glynn, Goldsmiths, Staffordshire University – covering service user participation, advice on destitution, project development and fundraising, writing of legal guides and briefings, delivering training and public speaking.
In 2017 he wrote up factsheets and legal briefings on government policy about migrant homelessness for NGOs and homeless people, in partnership with Deighton Pierce Glynn and the Public Interest Law Unit. He led on pre-litigation research and provided expert reports to the High Court for the Judicial Review, which successfully challenged government’s policy detaining and removing EEA nationals for sleeping rough