Homelessness



Shelter Scotland: 70,000 children on social housing waiting lists

An estimated 70,000 children in Scotland are waiting for social homes, according to new analysis from published today by Shelter Scotland which is calling for 37,100 new social rented homes to be built to help tackle the issue.

Published 21 September 2020

Personalised employment support essential to stem homelessness as furlough ends, research finds

People at risk of becoming homeless who are assigned individual support workers are twice as likely to maintain employment, according to new research.

Published 21 September 2020

Kindness Homeless launches funding appeal for new premises

A charity which provides services to vulnerable and homeless people in Glasgow is seeking to raise £20,000 to fund a new operation space.

Published 21 September 2020

Edinburgh considers Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan revisions

The City of Edinburgh Council will today consider plans to revise its five-year homelessness strategy to further strengthen support for people who need support.

Published 18 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

Rapid rehousing proving to tackle homelessness in South Lanarkshire

A new strategy to tackle homelessness in South Lanarkshire has recorded significant successes in its first year.

Published 17 September 2020

Aberdeen Cyrenians challenges young people to rethink homelessness

Young people in Aberdeen are being urged to think about where they sleep as part of a new campaign by Aberdeen Cyrenians challenging the stigma and understanding of homelessness.

Published 17 September 2020

Gavin Yates: There may be trouble ahead – a report from the Homeless Prevention Strategy Group

Homeless Action Scotland CEO Gavin Yates reports back from the Homeless Prevention Strategy Group (HPSG) and warns that despite worrying homelessness statistics this year, potentially yet more bad news is on the horizon.

Published 11 September 2020

Dundee University project aims to tackle Scotland's COVID-19 homelessness surge

A new project conducted by the University of Dundee aims to tackle the surge in Scottish youth homelessness caused by COVID-19. 

Published 11 September 2020

PoLHA leases property to homelessness and addiction charity

A new partnership has paved the way for Port of Leith Housing Association (PoLHA) to lease a two-bedroom property to Steps to Hope, a charity which supports people experiencing homelessness and addiction.

Published 9 September 2020

Unsuitable accommodation backtrack a 'betrayal' of promises to homeless people

A Scottish Government decision to delay its own commitment to extend suitable accommodation laws to cover all homeless people is a “betrayal” of its promises, Shelter Scotland has said.

Published 4 September 2020

Janet Haugh: Meeting the challenges of the post-lockdown world

Ypeople CEO Janet Haugh discusses meeting the challenges of this year, and how the charity plans to keep the support of those who need it most as its priority.

Published 4 September 2020

West Dunbartonshire homelessness service supports 500 vulnerable people throughout lockdown

More than 500 vulnerable residents have been supported by West Dunbartonshire Council’s homelessness and housing options team so far during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 3 September 2020

Inverness Foodstuff recognised in Scottish Parliament

Ness Bank Church’s Inverness Foodstuff, which provides meals to those who are homeless, vulnerable or financially disadvantaged, has been recognised in the Scottish Parliament for its service to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic – serving over 10,000 meals locally.

Published 2 September 2020

The Margaret Taylor interview: Laurie Naumann reflects on Scotland’s progress in tackling homelessness

If you have worked in the housing sector for as long as Laurie Naumann has it is only a matter of time before your name becomes immortalised. His was last year, more than four decades after he joined Edinburgh Corporation to help revolutionise the way that city addressed homelessness, when the Fife-based housing association he cofounded and vice-chairs launched its Naumann Initiative.

Published 1 September 2020