Homeless Network Scotland



‘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

Charities outline plan to end homelessness within two parliaments

Thirty organisations in Scotland that care about homelessness, including charities, leading academics and people with lived experience, are today calling on political parties, MSPs and candidates in next year’s Scottish Parliament elections to get behind a ten-year plan to end homelessness.

Published 1 December 2020

Glasgow hosts Housing First information event for RSLs

Glasgow housing associations are being invited to join the city's Housing First revolution which is providing homes for people with long term, complex issues.

Published 25 November 2020

Homeless Network Scotland's Claire Frew named Honorary Research Fellow at Heriot Watt University

Claire Frew, policy & impact manager at Homeless Network Scotland, has been awarded the title of Honorary Research Fellow by Heriot Watt University’s Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE).

Published 13 November 2020

Consultation opens into Housing First in Scotland

A new, 90-page National Framework for Housing First in Scotland has opened for consultation.

Published 10 November 2020

New homelessness guide published for Scottish councils

A guide for Scotland’s 32 local authorities has been published today summarising more than 100 recommendations from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) after it was reconvened by the Scottish Government in response to the pandemic.

Published 6 November 2020

New board members appointed by Homeless Network Scotland

Homeless Network Scotland has welcomed five new directors to its board to round off Trustees’ Week, which celebrates the commitment and dedication of charity trustees across the UK.

Published 6 November 2020

Catherine Ashford: Telling a new and different story about homelessness

Catherine Ashford from the UK homelessness charity, Crisis, will be taking part in a panel discussion later today at the annual Scottish homelessness conference, Safe As Houses. A few years ago, Crisis commissioned The FrameWorks Institute to conduct in-depth research to understand attitudes towards homelessness in the UK. Catherine tells us more about the session today and the work carried out in recent years.

Published 22 October 2020