Homelessness



Fringe play about housing crisis to offer homeless £1 tickets

A show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which is inspired by Ken Loach's famous film Cathy Come Home is to offer £1 tickets for those who have had experience of homelessness.

Published 20 July 2017

Work starts on Social Bite’s homeless village with first residents expected by Christmas

The houses for Social Bite’s new village are now under construction with members of Edinburgh’s homeless community expected to be onsite before Christmas this year, Social Bite co-founder, Josh Littlejohn MBE, confirmed today.

Published 19 July 2017

Case study: Bethany stepped in when I needed help after I found myself in a difficult situation

Bethany Christian Trust service user David, who has just secured his own flat and has started a new job working at a high end hotel in Edinburgh, details how his time at the charity’s Bethany House emergency resettlement unit provided him with a stable environment and help to live independently.

Published 18 July 2017

UK news: Homelessness prevention ‘achievable’ within next Parliament

Homelessness prevention could be ‘achievable’ for some of the most high-risk groups - care leavers, prison leavers and survivors of domestic abuse - within the next Parliament, according to an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness (APPGEH) report.

Published 18 July 2017

Homeless people ‘face significant difficulty’ accessing mental health services

The need for homeless people in Scotland to access help regarding their mental health is only partially being met by current services, a report by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has found.

Published 12 July 2017

Call for Scots construction firms to aid homeless and fight skills shortage

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is calling on construction firms in Scotland to help tackle the skills shortage in the industry by helping some of their community’s most vulnerable people get back into work.

Published 11 July 2017

Crisis launches consultation on plan to end homelessness for good

Crisis has launched a major consultation to find out what’s needed to end the worst forms of homelessness once and for all.

Published 11 July 2017

Around 70 attend successful Glasgow homelessness summit

Around 70 people took part in the first summit of the new Glasgow City Council administration, which focussed on homelessness and rough sleeping.

Published 6 July 2017

Glasgow hosts major homelessness summit today

A major homelessness summit is being convened in Scotland's largest city by Glasgow City Council today.

Published 5 July 2017

Rapid increase in recorded numbers of disabled people made homeless

The number of physically disabled people identified as homeless or at risk of homelessness has risen by 44% in the past four years.

Published 3 July 2017

At least one homeless death every three weeks in Edinburgh

A homeless person died on the streets of Edinburgh every three weeks in 2015-16, according to more damning figures released to The Ferret.

Published 28 June 2017

Scottish Churches Housing Action calls for action to 'eradicate, not manage' homelessness

The convener of Scottish Churches Housing Action has written to Housing Minister Kevin Stewart to call for the Scottish Government to "seek to eradicate, rather than just to manage, Scotland's major problems of homelessness".

Published 27 June 2017

COSLA calls for joined-up preventative approach to tackle homelessness

An integrated, whole-system approach which addresses social inequalities and goes beyond housing is required to prevent and respond to homelessness in Scotland, according to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

Published 22 June 2017

Homeless charity to use student’s dissertation to help vulnerable people

The dissertation of a University of Dundee Community Learning and Development student could soon be used to help improve the lives of vulnerable drug users.

Published 22 June 2017

SFHA submits evidence on homelessness to Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has stressed the need to retain a focus on implementing the target of 50,000 affordable homes as an important part of the solution to tackling homelessness in Scotland.

Published 21 June 2017