Homelessness



Wheatley Group steps up its support for homeless people

Wheatley Group has helped almost 1800 homeless people put a roof over their heads throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Published 14 January 2021

Martin Gavin: Learn to spot ‘red flags’ – help prevent homelessness

As the new year gets underway the Everyone Home Collective of organisations in Scotland concerned about homelessness has called on community groups and local decision-making structures to look out for the ‘red flags’ that might help prevent homelessness before it starts. Martin Gavin, head of external relations at Homeless Network Scotland, recaps what was achieved in 2020 and what still needs to be done to prevent homelessness.

Published 14 January 2021

Gavin Yates: Eviction ban extended – still more action needed

In the wake of a further extension to the ban on evictions, Homeless Action Scotland CEO Gavin Yates argues that increased government support for those with a genuine reason for an inability to pay rent should be embedded in law.

Published 12 January 2021

Aberdeen Cyrenians continues vital support during lockdown

North-East charity Aberdeen Cyrenians is urging anyone facing crisis to get in touch as the latest lockdown begins in Scotland.

Published 11 January 2021

UK Government won’t extend support to rough sleepers during latest lockdown

People experiencing homelessness in England are facing the new lockdown without a return of the “Everyone In” housing policy, which helped house 15,000 people at the beginning of the pandemic.

Published 7 January 2021

Everyone Home appeals to professionals to help prevent homelessness with new Route Map

Amid growing concern about the impact of Covid on the housing and financial situation of thousands of Scots, 31 organisations in the Everyone Home collective are urging people in communities and those running local services to prevent homelessness closer to home in 2021 and beyond.

Published 5 January 2021

Aberdeen refreshes support for campaign for right to a decent home

Aberdeen City Council has refreshed its support for Shelter Scotland’s campaign to have the right to a decent home enshrined in Scottish law.

Published 5 January 2021

Regulator finds reduction in homeless applications but council rent arrears increase

The number of homeless applications and people in temporary accommodation reduced during November but rent arrears for local authority landlords increased, according to the Scottish Housing Regulator's latest monthly dashboard report.

Published 22 December 2020

England: £310m committed to homelessness as pressure mounts for Housing First roll-out

The UK Government has pledged to support local authorities in England with additional funding to prevent vulnerable people becoming homeless, amid new figures that the number of children living in temporary accommodation has risen by more than 75% since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.

Published 22 December 2020

New tour to shine spotlight on Laurieston and Gorbals’ history

A group of people with experience of homelessness are to lead a new walking tour which celebrates the rich history of Glasgow’s Laurieston and Gorbals area.

Published 16 December 2020

Regulator urges councils to anticipate homelessness service difficulties during winter

The Scottish Housing Regulator has written to all local authorities regarding their services to people who are threatened with, or are experiencing homelessness, during the festive and winter period.

Published 15 December 2020

First year of homelessness group with lived and professional experience

Today marks a year since 30 people with their own personal stories of homelessness, from working in the sector and living the experience, came together to form All In For Change.

Published 10 December 2020

Social Bite and itison launch fundraiser to provide 100,000 meals to homeless people

itison’s annual fundraiser for Social Bite has been launched to help those most in need this Christmas.

Published 10 December 2020

Streetreads project launches Christmas appeal

An initiative which provides free books and connects with people experiencing homelessness through stories is appealing for funds to help more people recover from life on the streets this winter, and beyond.

Published 10 December 2020

Cyrenians shared over 3m meals during COVID

Cyrenians' FareShare depot based in Leith has distributed 1,300 tonnes of food to beneficiaries across the South East of Scotland, creating over 3.1 million meals, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

Published 10 December 2020