Mr. Gregory has worked in New York City as a psychiatric social worker for more than 30 years. This has included many years working with the severely mentally ill in hospital, residential and shelter settings; most of this work also included treating or managing the complications of concurrent substance abuse. Several years working with latency aged boys in a residential treatment center helped reinforce for him the overwhelming importance of timely care for people whose painfully deprived life circumstances render them at great risk for unmanageable emotional difficulties, severe mental illness, substance use, incarceration and homelessness.
He started and developed two scatter site housing programs for the chronically homeless, which serve people who are chronically addicted to alcohol and living on the street, and people who are frequent users of jail and shelter. These programs are examples of the success of a “low demand housing” philosophy. Currently, he works as a senior consultant for the Human Resources Administration of New York City.