Homelessness



Scottish Churches Housing Action to close

National homelessness charity Scottish Churches Housing Action (SCHA) has taken the decision to close following a "challenging" few years.

Published 21 July 2021

Last residents of Glasgow's Bellgrove Hotel moved out

The last remaining residents of the Bellgrove Hotel in Glasgow have been moved out.

Published 20 July 2021

CIH Scotland calls for 'whole system approach' to ending homelessness

CIH Scotland has highlighted the progress made by local authorities in implementing Rapid Rehousing Transition Plans (RRTPs) but has warned that the impact of the pandemic and a range of external pressures including a lack of affordable housing and changing economic circumstances for households means that more work still needs to be done to transform services and end homelessness in Scotland.

Published 9 July 2021

Aberdeen Cyrenians launches self care box

North-East charity Aberdeen Cyrenians has teamed up with local businesses to launch ‘Hug in a Box’, a mental health gift box designed to boost resilience and encourage self-care.

Published 9 July 2021

Jo Richardson to campaign on homelessness during CIH presidential term

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) president Jo Richardson has unveiled more about the presidential campaign which will run throughout her time in office as she takes up the role today.

Published 5 July 2021

Council homelessness services 'at breaking point' as casework rises 10% 

Homelessness services provided by local authorities may be unable to cope with a future spike in homelessness when pandemic restrictions are lifted, housing charity Shelter Scotland has warned.

Published 30 June 2021

Homelessness applications fall but households in temporary accommodation on the rise

Housing secretary Shona Robison said today that ensuring people in temporary accommodation are supported into permanent settled accommodation as soon as possible is the Scottish Government's "utmost objective" after new figures revealed a 12% increase in households in temporary accommodation over the last year.

Published 29 June 2021

Aberdeen Cyrenians announces expansion of volunteering project

Aberdeen Cyrenians has announced that it is expanding its volunteering services.

Published 29 June 2021

World-first e-cigarette trial to help homeless people quit smoking

A new trial that aims to find out whether e-cigarettes could help people experiencing homelessness to quit smoking has been awarded a £1.7 million grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Published 28 June 2021

New private social letting agency launched by Aberdeen Cyrenians

Aberdeen Cyrenians has launched a new style of letting agency based on private social letting and the Housing First principles.

Published 25 June 2021

John Kerr: Rising to the challenge of ending youth homelessness in Scotland

John Kerr, housing development and homelessness manager at West Dunbartonshire Council and a member of CIH Scotland’s Board, discusses what can be done to end youth homelessness in Scotland.

Published 24 June 2021

Aberdeen Cyrenians receives donation from Harbour Energy to help residents facing crisis

Oil and gas company Harbour Energy is delivering life-saving change for vulnerable people in the north east of Scotland thanks to a significant donation to local charity Aberdeen Cyrenians.

Published 17 June 2021

Green light to demolish former Stirling homeless accommodation for new homes

A plan to demolish an empty block of flats at St Ninians to build eight new cottage flats has been conditionally approved by Stirling Council.

Published 16 June 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

New approaches help Edinburgh prevent more than 300 cases of homelessness

More than 300 households living in the private rented sector have been prevented from becoming homeless in just over a year thanks to the help of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Private Rented Service (PRS) Team.

Published 15 June 2021