Don’t make homelessness a Christmas tradition, says Shelter Scotland

As the annual festive season accelerates toward fever-pitch, Shelter Scotland is warning that for many people in Scotland, Christmas and New Year will bring very little comfort and joy and that unless homelessness is fixed it will become an all too familiar and unwanted tradition.

Published 5 December 2017

Calling all Sleep in the Park participants

With less than a week to go until Social Bite's Sleep in the Park, Scottish Housing News is encouraging those taking part to get in touch on the night and share their stories.

Published 4 December 2017

Construction work starts as homeless village begins to take shape

Diggers have moved on to the site of a new homeless village in Edinburgh being delivered by social enterprise sandwich chain Social Bite.

Published 4 December 2017

Pentland Housing Association housing officer set for Sleep in the Park

Pentland Housing Association housing officer, Yvonne Gunn, is preparing to participate in Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park next week, her second sleep-out event in a matter of weeks.

Published 1 December 2017

Blog: Working together to provide more support for homeless people this winter

After First Minster Nicola Sturgeon and housing minister Kevin Stewart approved the first recommendations of the Scottish Government’s Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Action Group which will help more people sleeping rough this winter, chair of the Group Jon Sparkes explains more.

Published 30 November 2017

Fairfield trio join Sleep in the Park

Fairfield Housing Co-operative’s corporate manager Susan Bell, finance officer Joyce Clark and housing officer Helen Ross are the latest housing professionals to sign up to Sleep in the Park in Princess Gardens on December 9.

Published 30 November 2017

Charity launches UK's first vending machine for homeless people

A vending machine which gives out free food and clothes to homeless people has been launched for the first time in the UK in the run up to Christmas.

Published 30 November 2017

Ministers pledge immediate actions to tackle rough sleeping this winter

New actions recommended by the Scottish Government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group to further tackle rough sleeping this winter are to be put into place thanks to new funds.

Published 29 November 2017

Cyrenians appoints manager for Social Bite Village

Homelessness and inclusion charity Cyrenians has appointed a manager for the Social Bite Village set to provide a home for up to 20 people affected by homelessness.

Published 29 November 2017

Legal aid spending on housing cases has wider benefits for Scotland’s health, wealth and happiness

Legal aid spending in housing cases, such as evictions due to rent or mortgage arrears, can generate a return which benefits both the recipient and wider society, new research found.

Published 29 November 2017

Charity offers Christmas shoppers chance to buy a bed for homeless people

National homelessness charity Bethany Christian Trust is giving festive shoppers the opportunity to buy a bed for people who are homeless this Christmas by purchasing a voucher for its Edinburgh-based Winter Care Shelter.

Published 27 November 2017

Families affected by imprisonment to take part in activities for Book Week Scotland

Homelessness and inclusion charity Cyrenians is hosting various activities at HMP Addiewell to celebrate Book Week Scotland and Prisoners’ Week.

Published 27 November 2017

Scottish ministers join Sleep in the Park

Scottish ministers are to take part in the world’s biggest ever sleep out next month to help raise money to eradicate homelessness in Scotland.

Published 24 November 2017

Cruden Group staff sleep rough for charity

Five intrepid staff members from The Cruden Group have volunteered to brave a chilly Scottish winter night by sleeping rough in Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park event to raise funds to help eradicate homelessness in Scotland within the next five years.

Published 24 November 2017

Kezia Dugdale to donate funds from I’m a Celebrity stint to homelessness charity

Kezia Dugdale, who is appearing on this year’s I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! series, is to donate her MSP salary to the Rock Trust, which supports young people at risk of or affected by homelessness in Scotland.

Published 23 November 2017