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

Ireland: Family refused emergency homeless accommodation due to home in Malaysia

The High Court in Ireland has upheld a council’s finding that a woman and child were not homeless since they had accommodation outside of the local authority’s jurisdiction.

Published 20 September 2017

Kingdom Housing Association staff sleeping out to help the homeless

A team of staff from Kingdom Housing Association are to take part in a charity sleep-out to help the homeless.

Published 18 September 2017

Mental health issues high among homeless Scots in London

More than half of Scottish people who are homeless in London have mental health issues, the homelessness charity Borderline has reported.

Published 14 September 2017

England: Rise in homelessness ‘likely to have been driven by welfare reforms’

A sharp increase of homelessness across England, which is costing the public purse more than £1 billion a year, is “likely to have been driven” by the government's welfare reforms, according to a damning report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

Published 13 September 2017

Funding shortfall forces Fife Council to review its homeless services

Homelessness agencies could be asked to fill in a gap in the services provided by Fife Council as the local authority faces up to the “significant challenges” of increased demand and continued welfare reforms.

Published 12 September 2017

Glasgow City Mission seeking stories from those it has helped

Homelessness charity Glasgow City Mission is calling for people who have had links with the charity to come forward and share their stories as part of Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival.

Published 12 September 2017

Fundraising gig to combat homelessness in Glasgow

Drygate Glasgow is holding a special event this month to raise money for homeless charities in our city.

Published 11 September 2017

Successful Glasgow homelessness service expands to Dundee

People who have lived through homelessness, including some who still don’t have a permanent home, are to offer advice and support to others thanks to new funding for an innovative project in Dundee.

Published 8 September 2017