Highland Council progresses Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan

Members of The Highland Council’s housing and property committee have had the chance to discuss the progress made to implement a Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan aimed at tackling homelessness.

Published 14 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

Everyone Home Collective mounts pressure on MSPs to extend eviction protections

Organisations representing the Everyone Home Collective have written to MSPs asking them to back the extension of emergency legislation on evictions to April 2021.

Published 10 August 2020

Local authorities invited to join community committed to ending homelessness with data and evidence

The Centre for Homelessness Impact is recruiting local authorities to join its What Works Community: Local Government initiative which will focus on evidence-led methods of ending and preventing homelessness.

Published 10 August 2020

SFHA: Achieving HARSAG ambitions dependent on delivering enough affordable homes

The recommendations of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) will only be met if Scotland has enough affordable homes, according to the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

Published 7 August 2020

£1.5m Homelessness Prevention Fund to open for applications

A new £1.5 million fund open to housing associations and co-operatives to support initiatives to prevent homelessness will open for applications shortly.

Published 7 August 2020

Deborah Hay: JRF joins the Everyone Home Collective

Deborah Hay, Scotland policy officer for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, explains why JRF have joined the Everyone Home Collective.

Published 6 August 2020

Rock Trust’s Housing First for Youth project helps young people facing homelessness

An independent evaluation of the Rock Trust’s Housing First for Youth (HF4Y) pilot project in West Lothian has found that engagement with the project directly resulted in positive changes to the lives of the young people using the service over a two-year pilot period.

Published 6 August 2020

More food support for homeless people

Homeless people and others affected by the coronavirus outbreak are to receive further support through the Scottish Government’s emergency funding for communities.

Published 4 August 2020

Kingdom Housing Association’s pioneering homelessness initiative adopted south of the border

Kingdom Housing Association’s groundbreaking Naumann Initiative has been adopted by PA Housing in Leicester.

Published 24 July 2020

Simon Community Scotland supports 2,500 people since lockdown

In the last four months since lockdown, Simon Community Scotland’s staff, volunteers and partners have supported 2,500 people experiencing homelessness or the risk of homelessness, including virtually eradicating rough sleeping for the first 14 days of lockdown from the streets of Glasgow and Edinburgh for the first time in decades.

Published 23 July 2020

Regulator reports increase in homeless applications and use of temporary accommodation

Applications for homelessness assistance and the use of temporary accommodation by local authorities both saw increases during June, the Scottish Housing Regulator has found.

Published 22 July 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

JRF: Housing lifeline required to ease financial strain on households

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has called on the Scottish Government to act quickly to avoid a potential autumn spike in evictions as financial strains take hold on households across the country.

Published 17 July 2020

Shelter Scotland warns against ‘wave of homelessness’ as unemployment rises

Shelter Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to “act swiftly” to extend eviction protections after new figures revealed a decrease in the number of Scots in employment and high numbers of income support.

Published 17 July 2020