Stay 'In the Know' with Homeless Network Scotland

Those who want to be ‘in the know’ with the latest information and intelligence on the homelessness sector’s response to COVID-19 can access a new chat room available from today.

Published 27 April 2020

Addleshaw Goddard announces new charity partnership with The Rock Trust

The Scottish offices of law firm Addleshaw Goddard have selected The Rock Trust as its charity partner for the next two years following a colleague vote.

Published 27 April 2020

Gillian Reid: Time for Change? Now more than ever!

Shelter Scotland’s Time for Change peers have helped shape the charity’s work at a local and national level, and bring invaluable lived experience to help its clients, according to national services manager Gillian Reid.

Published 24 April 2020

Amy King: Homelessness is a feminist issue

Amy King, digital officer for Ypeople’s sister organisation YWCA Scotland - The Young Women's Movement, looked after the digital channels at Ypeople for the month of March. Here she shares some thoughts on how homelessness is a feminist issue. 

Published 24 April 2020

Glasgow man to perform sponsored sky dive for Salvation Army in Housing First tribute

A Glasgow father plans to jump out of a plane at 10,000 ft to thank the city's Housing First scheme for helping him rebuild his life after homelessness.

Published 23 April 2020

Six-year-old Jasper raises over £500 for Bethany Christian Trust

Jasper Maciver, age 6, from Edinburgh has raised over £500 for homelessness charity Bethany Christian Trust by running a 5K in his back garden.

Published 23 April 2020

England: MPs to examine effect of coronavirus on homelessness and PRS

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on homelessness, rough sleeping and the private rented sector is to be examined by MPs.

Published 22 April 2020

Scotland’s Housing First programme passes 250 tenancies despite lockdown

The first batch of data received from Housing First in Scotland since lockdown began indicates the programme continued to scale up during March, passing a significant milestone.

Published 21 April 2020

Princes Street hotel used to support people who are homeless during pandemic

National homelessness charity Bethany Christian Trust and the City of Edinburgh Council are partnering to provide further hotel accommodation and specialised support for people who would otherwise be sleeping rough in the capital.

Published 20 April 2020

Martin Gavin: Freedom shouldn’t mean transition into homelessness

In 2018/19, 1,822 homeless applications were recorded as having been from people leaving prison, which represents five per cent of the total. It is likely that this figure does not represent the full scale of the problem, with applicants often unwilling to reveal their background. With discussion around more widespread early release of prisoners across the UK gathering momentum due to the pandemic, Martin Gavin – Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations - asks, ‘Could it be the time to break the cycle?’

Published 16 April 2020

Shelter Scotland calls for renter protection amid coronavirus pandemic

Shelter Scotland is calling for the UK Chancellor to boost social security payments to ensure the nation’s 340,000 private renters don’t end up mired in debt and at risk of homelessness.  

Published 16 April 2020

Highland home delivery for vulnerable

A scheme to provide vital food supplies for vulnerable people has delivered more than 500 meals to homes in the Inverness area over recent weeks and is asking businesses to get in touch if they can provide personal protective equipment for the volunteers providing this vital lifeline.

Published 16 April 2020

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