Homelessness



Court of Session clarifies the law on fresh homeless applications

In a petition for judicial review of the City of Edinburgh Council’s decision to refuse a fresh homeless application, the Court of Session has held that the council acted unlawfully.

Published 23 February 2021

Expert review group publishes landmark report into homelessness prevention

Ambitious new measures aimed at widening responsibility for homelessness prevention could stop people from losing their homes and make Scotland a world leader in ending homelessness, according to a new report from an independent group of experts.

Published 18 February 2021

Evelyn Mathershaw: Landmark homelessness prevention report published

Beginning in late 2019, the Scotland Prevention Review Group has taken forward the work of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) and the subsequent Scottish Government / COSLA Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan, to recommend new legal duties on councils and public bodies to prevent homelessness. Central to the process has been the contribution throughout of people with lived experience through the Prevention Commission. Member, Evelyn Mathershaw, explains her role in helping to shape the report published today titled, ‘PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS IN SCOTLAND’.

Published 18 February 2021

Aberdeen Cyrenians seeking bravehearts to step forward for virtual Lego Walk

Aberdeen Cyrenians, a North-East charity providing support to people affected by homelessness and other forms of social exclusion and crisis, is appealing for participants to step up and take on its Virtual Lego Walk challenge to help end homelessness.

Published 15 February 2021

Wheatley hands over 200th home to Housing First

Hugh Andrews is living testimony to Wheatley Group’s commitment to tackle homelessness in Scotland.

Published 5 February 2021

Kingdom Housing Association expands Naumann homelessness initiative

Kingdom Housing Association (KHA) has launched ‘Working Out of Homelessness’, the second phase of the Association’s groundbreaking Naumann Initiative to tackle homelessness and unemployment.

Published 26 January 2021

Charity calls for homeless people to be given vaccine priority amid health crisis concerns

A homelessness charity has called on the UK Government to give rough sleepers priority access to Covid-19 vaccines amid new research examining health and homelessness during the pandemic.

Published 26 January 2021

Jon Sparkes: If not now, when? How Scotland can shape its response to the pandemic to help end homelessness

Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes on how the new Social Renewal Advisory Board's recommendations fit into Scotland's efforts to tackle homelessness.

Published 25 January 2021

Charity launches digital service for homeless people and wider community in Edinburgh

A digital service to add to the support available for people in Edinburgh who are homeless has been developed by researchers and community partners, including leading Scottish homelessness charity Simon Community Scotland.

Published 25 January 2021

Housing First Pathfinder tops milestone of 400 tenancies

The first data on Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder since the start of the year indicates the programme continued to scale up despite Covid restrictions.

Published 22 January 2021

Two Scottish councils join pioneering network to tackle homelessness

Aberdeen City Council and the Highland Council are to join a new collaborative network to support local government innovators across the UK in tackling homelessness.

Published 21 January 2021

MSPs press housing minister for homelessness and temporary accommodation update

Holyrood's local government and communities committee has pressed the Scottish Government for more information on its continuing support for homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic and to respond to reports that homeless people in temporary accommodation are being made to leave their accommodation during the day.

Published 20 January 2021

Homeless Network Scotland to distribute £50k ‘Winter Warmer’ for people in temporary accommodation

From today, Homeless Network Scotland will be distributing a £50,000 Scottish Government emergency fund offering one-off cash payments of £50 for people who are homeless and living in temporary accommodation in Scotland.

Published 20 January 2021

Homeless people can buy affordable homes in London, says Shaun Bailey

Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate for London mayor, has sparked rage after suggesting that people experiencing homelessness would be able to save up a £5,000 deposit to buy a share of a newly build affordable home in the city.

Published 15 January 2021

Scottish Government has 'backtracked' on homeless protections

Shelter Scotland has criticised the Scottish Government’s decision to "backtrack on its promise" to homeless people to end the continued use of temporary accommodation during lockdown.

Published 14 January 2021