Homelessness



Deeside Thistle Cycling Club raises over £2,000 for Aberdeen Cyrenians

Deeside Thistle Cycling Club (DTCC) has raised more £2,000 for Aberdeen Cyrenians by organising a “first-of-its-kind” virtual race.

Published 7 July 2020

Taylor Wimpey donates to Glasgow homeless charity

Taylor Wimpey has provided funding to Glasgow homeless charity Lights on G1.

Published 7 July 2020

Edinburgh calls on short-term lets to switch to tackling homelessness

Having successfully used short-term lets during the COVID-19 crisis to provide housing for people facing homelessness, the City of Edinburgh Council is now calling on the sector to help the city tackle homelessness long-term.

Published 6 July 2020

Jon Sparkes: HARSAG – what next?

Jon Sparkes provides a summary of progress from the latest Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) meeting last Thursday. Proposals for how to end homelessness in response to the coronavirus pandemic are now currently with the Scottish Government for consideration.

Published 25 June 2020

Everyone Home Collective publishes first route map to guide homelessness sector out of lockdown

Night shelters and hotel rooms as a response to homelessness will be actively designed out over the next phase according to plans published today by a collective of 21 leading charities and academic sector organisations.

Published 25 June 2020

Martin Gavin: Ending the need for night shelters in Scotland

Today, 21 third sector organisations that care about ending homelessness in Scotland, known collectively as Everyone Home, (SHN 21/05/20) publish their first route-map to help guide the sector out of lockdown and the emergency measures put in place during March to accommodate people sleeping outside. Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations, Martin Gavin, explains more.

Published 25 June 2020

Cash boost for Aberdeen homelessness charity

Homelessness charity Aberdeen Foyer has received a £5,225 cash grant from the Morrisons Foundation.

Published 25 June 2020

Highland Council reaches out to accommodation providers to help tackle COVID-19 homelessness

The Highland Council is inviting private landlords and providers of short-term lets, including Airbnb hosts, who may be interested in leasing their property to the council to get in touch in an effort to tackle homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic. Housing staff are interested in speaking to landlords and owners who have a self-contained property, without

Published 23 June 2020

Nationwide offers grants to housing projects as research reveals increased concerns for homelessness

COVID-19 has had a major impact on the attitudes and concerns towards those who are homeless, according to new research from Nationwide Building Society as it called on charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives to apply for community funding.

Published 22 June 2020

Rock Trust launches Perth project for young people affected by homelessness

Despite the restrictions and difficulties presented by lockdown, the new Perth team at Rock Trust launched a project commissioned by Perth & Kinross Council to help young people affected by homelessness in the city.

Published 22 June 2020

Martin Gavin: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’

The combined data on the Housing First Scotland Pathfinder programme is now available covering both April and May, when housing allocations all but stopped. Significant additional pressure across the public and charity sectors, including organisations delivering support to tenants, has been on a scale unseen previously. Homeless Network Scotland manages the Pathfinder and produces the normally monthly Tracker report. Its head of external relations, Martin Gavin, looks at what this latest one tells us.

Published 19 June 2020

SFHA provides weekly Social Housing Resilience Group update

The reconvened Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) was the subject of the latest meeting of the Social Housing Resilience Group (SHRG) this week.

Published 19 June 2020

Deal agreed to house homeless people in Hamilton student flats

South Lanarkshire Council and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) have reached an agreement to make student accommodation in Hamilton available for people who are homeless.

Published 19 June 2020

Homelessness must not be seen in isolation, argues GWSF

New recommendations to be made by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) must avoid looking at homelessness in isolation from the wider housing system, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 18 June 2020

Councillor Kate Campbell: We’ve worked together to put our most vulnerable first during this crisis – but the biggest challenges are still to come

City of Edinburgh Council’s housing, homelessness and fair work convener, Councillor Kate Campbell, outlines the phenomenal response from organisations working to prevent homeless during the pandemic.

Published 18 June 2020