Homeless Network Scotland



Everyone Home Collective publishes first route map to guide homelessness sector out of lockdown

Night shelters and hotel rooms as a response to homelessness will be actively designed out over the next phase according to plans published today by a collective of 21 leading charities and academic sector organisations.

Published 25 June 2020

Martin Gavin: Ending the need for night shelters in Scotland

Today, 21 third sector organisations that care about ending homelessness in Scotland, known collectively as Everyone Home, (SHN 21/05/20) publish their first route-map to help guide the sector out of lockdown and the emergency measures put in place during March to accommodate people sleeping outside. Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations, Martin Gavin, explains more.

Published 25 June 2020

Martin Gavin: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’

The combined data on the Housing First Scotland Pathfinder programme is now available covering both April and May, when housing allocations all but stopped. Significant additional pressure across the public and charity sectors, including organisations delivering support to tenants, has been on a scale unseen previously. Homeless Network Scotland manages the Pathfinder and produces the normally monthly Tracker report. Its head of external relations, Martin Gavin, looks at what this latest one tells us.

Published 19 June 2020

Michelle Major: Telling it like it is to the housing minister

This week, Kevin Stewart MSP, Scotland’s housing minister, along with senior Scottish Government officials, had the opportunity to meet via video link four members of All in For Change, people with their own lived experience of homelessness. Homeless Network Scotland’s change lead Michelle Major co-ordinates the All In for Change meetings and facilitated this week’s video chat.

Published 11 June 2020

19 charities call for triple-lock to end rough sleeping

Nineteen influential charity sector organisations working to end homelessness will present a joint plan to the Scottish Government today based around three key asks that experts and academics believe could permanently end rough sleeping and destitution in Scotland as the country emerges from the pandemic.

Published 21 May 2020

Everyone Home: Martin Gavin, Head of External Relations at Homeless Network Scotland

Today, Thursday 21 May, 19 organisations that care about homelessness in Scotland will present a plan to the Scottish Government setting out what they believe needs to be done to end rough sleeping and tackle homelessness in Scotland. Martin Gavin, Homeless Network Scotland’s Head of External Relations, looks at the proposals and the impact of getting it right.

Published 21 May 2020

Martin Gavin: A housing-led approach to homelessness will guide us out

Martin Gavin, Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations, looks at how to frame discussions about what happens next, so that the best ideas surface quickly.

Published 14 May 2020

Housing First marks first year with ambition for ‘rapid scaling up’ and prevention of post-COVID homelessness

A year after Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder was officially launched discussions are taking place between senior figures in housing, homelessness and government to significantly scale-up the programme and prevent anyone returning to the streets who has been accommodated in hotels and short-term lets under current emergency measures.

Published 7 May 2020

Martin Gavin: Checking the progress of Housing First

Today would have been the annual Housing First Scotland conference in Edinburgh, an event that last year attracted 350 delegates and speakers from across the world. The theme was going to be a celebration of the first full year of the Housing First Pathfinder, and today Homeless Network Scotland, which manages the programme, will publish the first 12-month Check Up Report on progress. Martin Gavin, head of external relations, pulls out some key points.

Published 7 May 2020

Maggie Brünjes: An unfair pandemic

Maggie Brünjes, Homeless Network Scotland’s chief executive, looks at an unfair pandemic and the reasons why they are today publishing a new framework* to help redress this across homelessness policy and services.

Published 27 April 2020

Stay 'In the Know' with Homeless Network Scotland

Those who want to be ‘in the know’ with the latest information and intelligence on the homelessness sector’s response to COVID-19 can access a new chat room available from today.

Published 27 April 2020

Scotland’s Housing First programme passes 250 tenancies despite lockdown

The first batch of data received from Housing First in Scotland since lockdown began indicates the programme continued to scale up during March, passing a significant milestone.

Published 21 April 2020

Martin Gavin: Freedom shouldn’t mean transition into homelessness

In 2018/19, 1,822 homeless applications were recorded as having been from people leaving prison, which represents five per cent of the total. It is likely that this figure does not represent the full scale of the problem, with applicants often unwilling to reveal their background. With discussion around more widespread early release of prisoners across the UK gathering momentum due to the pandemic, Martin Gavin – Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations - asks, ‘Could it be the time to break the cycle?’

Published 16 April 2020

Martin Gavin: People with lived experience will tell us what works

The response from the homelessness sector to COVID-19 continues at pace. Assessing whether the measures introduced in the past two weeks are the right ones, and what aspects we might want to retain, must be guided by people with expertise both as practitioners and through their own lived experience, says Martin Gavin – head of external relations at Homeless Network Scotland.

Published 8 April 2020

Martin Gavin: Emergency legislation for a fairer Scotland

In his second blog as Scottish Housing News’ temporary special correspondent on homelessness, Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations Martin Gavin gives his take on the Emergency Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill.

Published 1 April 2020