Homelessness



Blog: Ending homelessness in Scotland: Good is no longer good enough

A new bold ambition to end rough sleeping and dramatically reduce the use of temporary accommodation is a welcome and exciting development in Scotland. Ligia Teixeira reflects on how we can best ensure that vision is translated into reality.

Published 5 October 2017

Scottish Housing News talks to COSLA’s new community wellbeing spokesperson Councillor Kelly Parry

As Midlothian councillor Kelly Parry settles into her post as spokesperson for community wellbeing at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), Scottish Housing News asks about the housing elements of her wide-ranging role.

Published 4 October 2017

Homeless charity calls for ‘urgent’ national rough sleeping audit

Scotland’s homelessness membership organisation Homeless Action Scotland has called for a national audit of rough sleeping as it released new recommendations around health and multiple exclusion homelessness.

Published 2 October 2017

Crisis launches major consultation on ending homelessness

National charity for homeless people Crisis is running a major consultation as part of its 50th anniversary year to develop a plan to end homelessness.

Published 2 October 2017

First youth ‘Housing First’ project launched in the UK

Edinburgh-based youth homelessness charity, Rock Trust, has launched the UK’s first ever Housing First for Youth project in West Lothian.

Published 29 September 2017

Call to limit use of unsuitable temporary accommodation to seven days for all homeless people

Living in unsuitable temporary accommodation, such as B&Bs, for long periods of time is destructive, demoralising and prevents people moving on from homelessness, according to a new report.

Published 28 September 2017

Hibs and Hearts join forces for Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park

Edinburgh’s biggest football clubs will come together on December 9 to Sleep in the Park and raise money for homeless people across Scotland.

Published 28 September 2017

Charities join forces to tell Holyrood committee that homelessness is ‘Far From Fixed’

Homeless Action Scotland (HAS) has today announced its support for Shelter Scotland’s Homelessness: Far From Fixed campaign ahead of the two organisations giving evidence to a Scottish Parliament committee on homelessness.

Published 27 September 2017

Blog: Homelessness and ‘Housing First’ in Scotland

With homelessness moving towards the frontline of Scottish politics, Adam Lang says delivering a ‘Housing First’ model needs sustained support as part of a whole system response and should not be mistaken for a silver bullet.

Published 27 September 2017

Housing associations urged to be as flexible as possible over payment of first month’s rent

More and more social tenants in Scotland are struggling to pay the first month’s rent in advance as a result of welfare reforms, making it even more difficult for them to find and keep a home, according to two leading housing organisations.

Published 26 September 2017

Blog: Project management – like never before! The technical team behind the Social Bite Village

In February of this year, Gill Henry, head of business development at The Cruden Group, agreed to take on the role of project director for the Social Bite Village in Edinburgh.

Published 26 September 2017

Senior Scottish council housing officers agree homelessness is ‘Far From Fixed’

Scotland’s senior housing officers are backing a charity campaign calling for more action to prevent homelessness.

Published 21 September 2017

England: Welfare policy undermines efforts of councils and housing associations to tackle homelessness

The vast majority of councils and housing associations in England believe government welfare policy is hitting their efforts to tackle homelessness, according to new research.

Published 21 September 2017

Crisis chief executive to chair homelessness and rough sleeping action group

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has revealed further details of a new short term action group which will identify the actions needed to end rough sleeping in Scotland, including its new chair.

Published 20 September 2017

UK’s first pedal-powered homeless outreach service launched in Glasgow

Rough sleepers who have chosen to avoid Glasgow city centre are to be supported by a charity whose volunteers will be able to reach them by bicycle.

Published 20 September 2017