'Anyone who had ever worked or been in contact with her will deeply
saddened by Sheila McKechnie's death at such an early age. Between
positive change and campaigned relentlessly to move homelessness and bad
housing up the political agenda.
'Over that decade she campaigned to maintain levels of social house
building in the face of the Conservative government's policy of selling
off council homes. She also made Shelter's name synonymous with social
campaigning by putting in place structures that ensured the long-term
viability of the organisation
'One of her greatest sources of pride was her promotion and eventual
establishment of the foyer movement for young people in the UK, which
aimed, at the time, to end the cycle of homelessness and unemployment.
'Sheila's passionate and committed style directly transformed the lives
of many of society's most poor and dispossessed people and helped make
Shelter the powerful voice it remains today.
'She will be greatly missed.'