Homelessness



Councils owed more than £33m in 'potential unlawful' temporary accommodation charges

The total debt owed by individuals to local authorities that charged for temporary homeless accommodation in Scotland is in excess of £33 million, new figures have revealed amid suggestions that the practice could be unlawful.

Published 2 December 2021

Cyrenians makes TV debut

Homelessness charity Cyrenians is launching this year’s Winter Appeal with its first-ever TV advert.

Published 2 December 2021

Number of homeless deaths recorded in Scotland rises by 20%

An estimated 256 people died while experiencing homelessness in Scotland in 2020, according to new figures published by National Records of Scotland, with more than half of the deaths being drug-related.

Published 1 December 2021

Salvation Army: Councils need government help to break homeless housing 'bottleneck'

The Salvation Army is calling on the Scottish Government to give councils more funding to stop temporary accommodation from being used as a permanent solution.

Published 1 December 2021

Wales: Private landlords offered rent guarantee to house people experiencing homelessness

Private property owners will be encouraged to lease their properties to local authorities as part of new plans to end homelessness in Wales.

Published 30 November 2021

Video: Social Bite launches festival of kindness to aid people experiencing homelessness

Homelessness charity Social Bite has launched a new appeal that aims to provide 300,000 gifts, meals and essential items to people experiencing homelessness this Christmas.

Published 29 November 2021

YPeople makes impact on young people at risk of homelessness in Glasgow

Young people living in supported accommodation with Ypeople in Glasgow learned to creatively redesign their living spaces and feel at home, with arts charity Impact Arts.

Published 29 November 2021

Aberdeen Cyrenians calls for donations through its Give Big challenge

North-East charity Aberdeen Cyrenians is asking people to take part in The Big Give, Christmas Challenge 2021 which will match and multiply donations for the week of the 30th November - 7th December.

Published 29 November 2021

Bethany Christian Trust aims to raise £20,000 in one week to support people who are homeless in Edinburgh

Scottish charity Bethany Christian Trust is taking part in the Big Give’s Christmas Challenge 2021 and aims to raise £20,000 in one week to support those without a home this winter.

Published 26 November 2021

Doug Gibson: A Housing First Scotland check-up

In Co-Production Week, Doug Gibson from Homeless Network Scotland explores the layers of partnership and collaboration sitting behind the scaling up of Scotland’s Housing First ambition.

Published 25 November 2021

UK Government refuses to accept Lords attempts to repeal Vagrancy Act

The UK Government has refused to back a cross-party effort in the House of Lords to decriminalise homelessness, by not accepting amendments that would repeal the Vagrancy Act.  

Published 25 November 2021

Dundee City Council highlights rapid rehousing transition plan progress

Dundee City Council and its partners are making good progress with the implementation of the Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan to address homelessness in Dundee, according to an update report to be considered by councillors today.

Published 22 November 2021

Highland Council launches tenant grant fund

The Highland Council has received funding to provide financial help for tenants in social housing and the private sector at risk of becoming homeless after falling behind with rent payments during the pandemic.

Published 18 November 2021

Webinar launches Scotland’s new national Housing First 'check-up’

An online event for local authorities and partners on Thursday 25 November will set out plans for a new ‘check-up’ process that will support the rollout of Housing First in Scotland.

Published 16 November 2021

Glasgow City Mission to operate Overnight Welcome Centre

Glasgow City Mission is to deliver the Overnight Welcome Centre (OWC) again this winter.

Published 15 November 2021