Homelessness



Emergency hotel accommodation secured for all rough sleepers in Glasgow

Glasgow City Council has reached a deal to provide hotel accommodation for all of the city’s rough sleepers amid the coronavirus crisis.

Published 26 March 2020

Scottish Housing News joins forces with Homeless Network Scotland

Homeless Network Scotland is partnering with Scottish Housing News to collect and share the experiences and challenges faced by its members, the wider homelessness sector and people confronted directly with homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis. In response to the emergency, Homeless Network Scotland is offering free membership to organisations and individuals. Their head of external relations, Martin Gavin, joins our team temporarily from today as a special correspondent on homelessness.

Published 25 March 2020

Plans underway to provide homeless accommodation in Edinburgh

Plans have been put in place to protect people facing homelessness during the coronavirus outbreak in Edinburgh, thanks to the combined efforts of the local authority, public health, private and third sector workers.

Published 25 March 2020

Simon Community Scotland issues urgent appeal for funds

A Scottish charity seeking to ensure that homeless people are kept safe from coronavirus – by finding them accommodation in dedicated hotel space – has issued an urgent appeal to help make it happen.

Published 25 March 2020

Bethany Christian Trust issues coronavirus services update

Bethany Christian Trust has issued a services update in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, assuring users that services continue to support vulnerable and homeless people across Scotland.

Published 25 March 2020

Rangers fans raise £60,000 for homeless people in Glasgow

A group of Rangers fans have raised around £60,000 for people experiencing homelessness in Glasgow after holding one of the Rangers Charity Foundation's Big Ibrox Sleep Outs at Govan stadium.

Published 24 March 2020

Charity awarded £300k to provide hotel accommodation for rough sleepers

Simon Community Scotland has been awarded £300,000 of Scottish Government funding to purchase hotel accommodation to house homeless people in Edinburgh and Glasgow to keep them safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 23 March 2020

Social Bite re-purposes 'entire business' to feed Scotland's most vulnerable

Social Bite has launched a bid to feed thousands of vulnerable people and families in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 20 March 2020

Homelessness charities call on governments to meet urgent need to protect rough sleepers

Leading homelessness charities have written to national and UK governments seeking urgent support for people facing homelessness to be able to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Published 19 March 2020

Letter to the Editor: Taskforce needed to coordinate coronavirus impact on homelessness

Ahead of tomorrow’s expected ministerial statement on the Scottish Government’s eviction measures, Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown outlines immediate actions required to assist rough sleepers and help prevent further homelessness.

Published 18 March 2020

Call for hotels to provide homeless accommodation as charity closes winter shelter

Glasgow City Mission has called for hotel rooms to be used to house Scotland’s rough sleepers as the charity began an early phased closure of its Winter Night Shelter.

Published 18 March 2020

England: £3.2m emergency funding to help rough sleepers isolate

Local authorities in England are to be given access to £3.2 million of emergency funding to help rough sleepers, or those at risk of rough sleeping, to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Published 18 March 2020

Glasgow to use empty flats to support homeless people throughout coronavirus outbreak

Glasgow City Council is identifying furnished flats to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to vulnerable homeless people.

Published 17 March 2020

Kevin Stewart: COVID-19 and those experiencing homelessness

Housing minister Kevin Stewart details his meeting with public health minister Joe FitzPatrick to discuss COVID-19 and how it will impact those who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Published 17 March 2020

Minister told of ‘beginning of the end’ for old way of tackling homelessness

Members of Scotland’s new team to tackle homelessness and its causes updated the minister for local government, housing and planning, Kevin Stewart MSP, last week on their work so far, signalling the beginning of the end for traditional responses to homelessness in Scotland.

Published 16 March 2020