Homelessness



Martin Gavin: People with lived experience will tell us what works

The response from the homelessness sector to COVID-19 continues at pace. Assessing whether the measures introduced in the past two weeks are the right ones, and what aspects we might want to retain, must be guided by people with expertise both as practitioners and through their own lived experience, says Martin Gavin – head of external relations at Homeless Network Scotland.

Published 8 April 2020

Scottish Government offers emergency help for worse affected by coronavirus

People most at risk from the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak are to receive further support following emergency investment in crucial services and £30 million of new investment from the Scottish Government Food Fund.

Published 7 April 2020

More applications needed to Crisis COVID-19 emergency fund

The GB-wide charity Crisis is urging organisations working in the homelessness sector to apply for funding through its emergency grants fund, launched at the end of March.

Published 6 April 2020

Charities unite to deliver 350 meals a day to homeless people in Glasgow

More than 350 meals are being delivered individually to homeless people in Glasgow every day in what is believed to be the city’s largest co-ordinated mobilisation of food parcels by local charities and community groups.

Published 6 April 2020

Homeless Action Scotland: The Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill 2020

With emergency legislation being passed in the Scottish Parliament this week, Homeless Action Scotland’s policy manager takes a quick look at what this means for the sector and some of the challenges services might face in the future.

Published 3 April 2020

Homeless charity subjected to abuse after suspending services

Glasgow-based homeless charity The Halliday Foundation has been subjected to online abuse after it had to suspend its services as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 2 April 2020

Martin Gavin: Emergency legislation for a fairer Scotland

In his second blog as Scottish Housing News’ temporary special correspondent on homelessness, Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations Martin Gavin gives his take on the Emergency Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill.

Published 1 April 2020

Aberdeen Cyrenians issues urgent appeal to oil and gas sector for PPE

Organisations providing services to people who are homeless urgently require personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their staff can safely look after those in their care – this is the message from one charity in the North East that has approached the local oil and gas sector for help.

Published 1 April 2020

Chris Hancock: Launching the Crisis emergency grants fund

As Crisis officially launches an emergency grants fund for local homelessness charities today, the charity’s head of best practice Chris Hancock explains more.

Published 31 March 2020

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