SFHA: Achieving HARSAG ambitions dependent on delivering enough affordable homes

The recommendations of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) will only be met if Scotland has enough affordable homes, according to the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

Published 7 August 2020

£1.5m Homelessness Prevention Fund to open for applications

A new £1.5 million fund open to housing associations and co-operatives to support initiatives to prevent homelessness will open for applications shortly.

Published 7 August 2020

Deborah Hay: JRF joins the Everyone Home Collective

Deborah Hay, Scotland policy officer for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, explains why JRF have joined the Everyone Home Collective.

Published 6 August 2020

Rock Trust’s Housing First for Youth project helps young people facing homelessness

An independent evaluation of the Rock Trust’s Housing First for Youth (HF4Y) pilot project in West Lothian has found that engagement with the project directly resulted in positive changes to the lives of the young people using the service over a two-year pilot period.

Published 6 August 2020

More food support for homeless people

Homeless people and others affected by the coronavirus outbreak are to receive further support through the Scottish Government’s emergency funding for communities.

Published 4 August 2020

Kingdom Housing Association’s pioneering homelessness initiative adopted south of the border

Kingdom Housing Association’s groundbreaking Naumann Initiative has been adopted by PA Housing in Leicester.

Published 24 July 2020

Simon Community Scotland supports 2,500 people since lockdown

In the last four months since lockdown, Simon Community Scotland’s staff, volunteers and partners have supported 2,500 people experiencing homelessness or the risk of homelessness, including virtually eradicating rough sleeping for the first 14 days of lockdown from the streets of Glasgow and Edinburgh for the first time in decades.

Published 23 July 2020

Regulator reports increase in homeless applications and use of temporary accommodation

Applications for homelessness assistance and the use of temporary accommodation by local authorities both saw increases during June, the Scottish Housing Regulator has found.

Published 22 July 2020

Martin Gavin: Deciding how to help might be ignoring the obvious

Homeless Network Scotland recently made over 1,000 cash payments of £100 to people affected by homelessness, thanks to the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund, supported by SCVO and the Hunter Foundation. The one-off payment was available to households in temporary homelessness accommodation, or people who have recently taken on a Housing First tenancy. Martin Gavin, head of external relations at Homeless Network Scotland, explains how it came about.

Published 22 July 2020

JRF: Housing lifeline required to ease financial strain on households

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has called on the Scottish Government to act quickly to avoid a potential autumn spike in evictions as financial strains take hold on households across the country.

Published 17 July 2020

Shelter Scotland warns against ‘wave of homelessness’ as unemployment rises

Shelter Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to “act swiftly” to extend eviction protections after new figures revealed a decrease in the number of Scots in employment and high numbers of income support.

Published 17 July 2020

Kevin Stewart: Renewed commitment to ending homelessness

Kevin Stewart MSP, minister for local government, housing and planning, outlines the Scottish Government's renewed commitment to ending homelessness.

Published 17 July 2020

Aberdeen Cyrenians challenges teams to participate in 555 mile football-themed fundraiser

Aberdeen Cyrenians, an Aberdeen-based charity who work with people who are homeless, fleeing violence, coping with mental health and addiction issues or facing crisis, is challenging teams to virtually travel from Pittodrie to 12 other Scottish Premiership stadiums and back home again throughout the summer.

Published 17 July 2020

Strategic partnership to reinforce social housing sector’s role in tackling homelessness

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Homeless Network Scotland (HNS) have today announced they will be forming a strategic partnership with the aim of strengthening the social housing sector’s role in tackling homelessness.

Published 16 July 2020

England: Social landlords join call to scale up Housing First

A group of 12 organisations in England representing social landlords, local authorities and the wider homelessness sector are calling on the UK Government and social housing providers to help make Housing First available to those who need it.

Published 16 July 2020