Homelessness



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

Charities hit out at proposed funding cuts to Glasgow advice agencies

Proposed funding cuts that will close five of Glasgow’s eight Citizens Advice Bureaux will cost communities millions of pounds, new analysis has revealed.

Published 1 September 2020

Homelessness in Scotland rises by 4% while use of temporary accommodation reaches record high

Charities have called on ministers to “uphold their promises” to homeless people and continue the structural systems change required to end homelessness "at pace" after new statistics revealed the scale of the housing emergency at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.

Published 28 August 2020

England: True number of rough sleepers could be 'far higher' than government figures

The number of people sleeping rough in England during the COVID-19 health crisis could be three to four times higher than official UK Government figures, according to a professor of urban studies at Heriot-Watt University.

Published 26 August 2020

Robert Kennedy: Housing First support lets people move on

The Housing First Scotland Pathfinder programme launched officially in April 2019 in Aberdeen/shire, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling after a ramping-up period from August 2018, two years ago this week, when the first tenants moved into properties in Glasgow allocated to the fledgeling Pathfinder. The Salvation Army has been providing Housing First support in the city since then and today continues alongside partner organisations in the Housing First Consortium in Glasgow. Robert Kennedy – Housing First support worker with The Salvation Army, describes his experience over the past two years.

Published 21 August 2020

Consultation: Can we end destitution and protect everyone’s human rights in Scotland?

The Everyone Home Collective of 30 charities and academics concerned with homelessness in Scotland are inviting views and opinion from today on their latest Route Map, dealing with No Recourse to Public Funds and issues around asylum and immigration as that relates to homelessness.

Published 20 August 2020

Allan Jones: Housing First still working in the North East

The Housing First Scotland Pathfinder programme launched officially in April 2019 in Aberdeen/shire, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling. This was following a ramping-up period that began in August 2018, exactly two years ago this week, when the first tenants moved into properties in Glasgow allocated to the fledgeling Pathfinder. Allan Jones, housing manager (options and homelessness) with Aberdeenshire Council, explains the impact Housing First has had on someone his team works with.

Published 20 August 2020

Kier unveils charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness

Construction and infrastructure services provider Kier Group has announced End Youth Homelessness (EYH), a UK-wide movement of local charities that have joined forces to tackle homelessness together, as its new corporate charity partner.

Published 19 August 2020

Andy Wightman calls for ‘firm guarantee’ of no winter evictions

Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman has urged the Scottish Government to place a complete ban on people being evicted this winter after failing to receive assurances that some private sector tenants will not be ordered to leave their homes.

Published 17 August 2020

Wheatley provides more than 400 homes for temporary emergency accommodation

Wheatley Group has now handed over more than 400 empty homes for local authorities to use as temporary accommodation for homeless people during the pandemic.

Published 17 August 2020

Highland Council progresses Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan

Members of The Highland Council’s housing and property committee have had the chance to discuss the progress made to implement a Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan aimed at tackling homelessness.

Published 14 August 2020