Homeless Network Scotland



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

Sabir Zazai: Everyone Home Collective's second route map is a bold statement of intent to eradicate destitution in Scotland

The Everyone Home Collective launches its second route map, 'Scotland’s Ambition to End Destitution and Protect Human Rights' at Homeless Network Scotland’s ‘Safe As Houses’ conference this week. Sabir Zazai, chief executive of the Scottish Refugee Council, discusses the urgency and spirit of collaboration driving the project.

Published 21 October 2020

Homelessness conference will urge 'no let-up' in COVID response

Charity and academic sector leaders will use this year’s Scottish homelessness conference from Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 October to urge people and organisations in Scotland that are concerned about homelessness to keep up the pace as winter approaches.

Published 19 October 2020

Safe as Houses homelessness conference starts on Tuesday – book a place to join

Safe as Houses is the title of Homeless Network Scotland’s annual conference for 2020. The online event will explore what is needed to build forward from the past eight months to make sure that homelessness services – and people directly affected – are not left carrying the can for a global health pandemic. Head of external relations, Martin Gavin, looks ahead to the event.

Published 15 October 2020

Night shelters to be replaced with rapid rehousing welcome centres

Night shelters across Scotland will be replaced with rapid rehousing welcome centres for people who would otherwise be sleeping rough this winter, in the Scottish Government's updated plans for tackling homelessness.

Published 9 October 2020

Martin Gavin: Taking the ‘P’ out of homelessness

Introducing Homeless Network Scotland's annual conference, which takes place later this month, the charity's head of external relations Martin Gavin highlights one event which tackles the politics of homelessness policy.

Published 1 October 2020

Glasgow City Council seeks views on begging strategy

Glasgow City Council is seeking views on a new draft strategy aimed at helping vulnerable people involved in street begging in the city.

Published 25 September 2020

Housing First passes 300 tenancies

Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder has created more than 300 tenancies with an additional 50 added since April, a monitoring report released today has revealed.

Published 17 September 2020

Draft Glasgow street begging strategy set to go before councillors

A new strategy which outlines measures to help people involved in street begging in Glasgow will go before councillors tomorrow ahead of public consultation.

Published 2 September 2020

Homelessness in Scotland rises by 4% while use of temporary accommodation reaches record high

Charities have called on ministers to “uphold their promises” to homeless people and continue the structural systems change required to end homelessness "at pace" after new statistics revealed the scale of the housing emergency at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.

Published 28 August 2020

Consultation: Can we end destitution and protect everyone’s human rights in Scotland?

The Everyone Home Collective of 30 charities and academics concerned with homelessness in Scotland are inviting views and opinion from today on their latest Route Map, dealing with No Recourse to Public Funds and issues around asylum and immigration as that relates to homelessness.

Published 20 August 2020

Everyone Home unveils ‘triple-lock’ of homelessness mitigation measures in second Route Map

The Everyone Home Collective of influential charity and academic sector organisations working to end homelessness will start consulting from Monday on the second in a series of Route Maps designed to permanently end rough sleeping and destitution in Scotland as the country emerges from the pandemic.

Published 11 August 2020

Martin Gavin: Deciding how to help might be ignoring the obvious

Homeless Network Scotland recently made over 1,000 cash payments of £100 to people affected by homelessness, thanks to the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund, supported by SCVO and the Hunter Foundation. The one-off payment was available to households in temporary homelessness accommodation, or people who have recently taken on a Housing First tenancy. Martin Gavin, head of external relations at Homeless Network Scotland, explains how it came about.

Published 22 July 2020