Homeless Network Scotland

Martin Gavin: How the Programme for Government stacks up on homelessness

Martin Gavin from Homeless Network Scotland takes a closer look at the housing and homelessness elements in the Programme for Government, published on Tuesday.

Published 8 September 2021

Andrew Garraway: Housing First and harm reduction in Highland

Homeless Network Scotland hosted a webinar on Housing First and Harm Reduction this week to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. By bringing together a range of contributors from third sector, Health and Social Care Partnerships, the NHS and the Scottish Government, the webinar offered an opportunity to reflect on the realities of delivering on the principle of harm reduction against the backdrop of increasing drug-related deaths in Scotland.

Published 1 September 2021

Homeless Network Scotland continues to make an impact

The latest Impact Report from Homeless Network Scotland has highlighted a busy first half of 2021 for the organisation including hosting the sector’s largest gatherings online, expansion of All In For Change – Scotland’s lived experience experts – and consolidation of the Everyone Home Collective, which now includes more than 30 third sector and academic organisations concerned about homelessness.

Published 11 August 2021

Martin Gavin: New roles ramp up lived experience to resolve homelessness

Homeless Network Scotland’s Martin Gavin highlights an opportunity to work in the Scottish Government Homelessness Unit, along with a chance to join All In For Change and ensure the voice of lived experience remains loud and present in homelessness policy.

Published 16 June 2021

Impact Report marks one year of Everyone Home

The publication of the first Impact Report produced by the Everyone Home Collective this week marks a year since people and organisations that are concerned about homelessness in Scotland came together to create a platform to connect, to gather evidence, set priorities and assemble the right people in response to a crisis.

Published 8 June 2021

Maggie Brünjes: An open letter to the new Scottish cabinet and ministers

Homeless Network Scotland helps grow the policy and system change needed to resolve homelessness in Scotland. It connects people and places, learning from evidence and shared experiences and acting on what works and what matters. Chief executive, Maggie Brünjes, with an open letter to the new government.

Published 27 May 2021

Housing First Pathfinder passes 500 tenancies

Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder has created more than 500 tenancies with the addition of 25 added in April, a monitoring report released today has shown.

Published 17 May 2021

‘Branching Out’ will light the way for Housing First in Scotland

A new national framework for organisations and sectors starting or scaling up Housing First in Scotland has been launched at Scotland’s Housing First conference. 

Published 24 March 2021

Every vote is a vote for Housing First

Having gained cross-party support for Housing First in Scotland, Homeless Network Scotland is looking ahead to an online conference taking place next week which will focus on the roll-out of the policy across most council areas from April.

Published 17 March 2021

Evelyn Mathershaw: Landmark homelessness prevention report published

Beginning in late 2019, the Scotland Prevention Review Group has taken forward the work of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) and the subsequent Scottish Government / COSLA Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan, to recommend new legal duties on councils and public bodies to prevent homelessness. Central to the process has been the contribution throughout of people with lived experience through the Prevention Commission. Member, Evelyn Mathershaw, explains her role in helping to shape the report published today titled, ‘PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS IN SCOTLAND’.

Published 18 February 2021

Housing First Pathfinder tops milestone of 400 tenancies

The first data on Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder since the start of the year indicates the programme continued to scale up despite Covid restrictions.

Published 22 January 2021

Homeless Network Scotland to distribute £50k ‘Winter Warmer’ for people in temporary accommodation

From today, Homeless Network Scotland will be distributing a £50,000 Scottish Government emergency fund offering one-off cash payments of £50 for people who are homeless and living in temporary accommodation in Scotland.

Published 20 January 2021

Martin Gavin: Learn to spot ‘red flags’ – help prevent homelessness

As the new year gets underway the Everyone Home Collective of organisations in Scotland concerned about homelessness has called on community groups and local decision-making structures to look out for the ‘red flags’ that might help prevent homelessness before it starts. Martin Gavin, head of external relations at Homeless Network Scotland, recaps what was achieved in 2020 and what still needs to be done to prevent homelessness.

Published 14 January 2021

Everyone Home appeals to professionals to help prevent homelessness with new Route Map

Amid growing concern about the impact of Covid on the housing and financial situation of thousands of Scots, 31 organisations in the Everyone Home collective are urging people in communities and those running local services to prevent homelessness closer to home in 2021 and beyond.

Published 5 January 2021

First year of homelessness group with lived and professional experience

Today marks a year since 30 people with their own personal stories of homelessness, from working in the sector and living the experience, came together to form All In For Change.

Published 10 December 2020