Homelessness



Letter to the Editor: Taskforce needed to coordinate coronavirus impact on homelessness

Ahead of tomorrow’s expected ministerial statement on the Scottish Government’s eviction measures, Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown outlines immediate actions required to assist rough sleepers and help prevent further homelessness.

Published 18 March 2020

Call for hotels to provide homeless accommodation as charity closes winter shelter

Glasgow City Mission has called for hotel rooms to be used to house Scotland’s rough sleepers as the charity began an early phased closure of its Winter Night Shelter.

Published 18 March 2020

England: £3.2m emergency funding to help rough sleepers isolate

Local authorities in England are to be given access to £3.2 million of emergency funding to help rough sleepers, or those at risk of rough sleeping, to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Published 18 March 2020

Glasgow to use empty flats to support homeless people throughout coronavirus outbreak

Glasgow City Council is identifying furnished flats to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to vulnerable homeless people.

Published 17 March 2020

Kevin Stewart: COVID-19 and those experiencing homelessness

Housing minister Kevin Stewart details his meeting with public health minister Joe FitzPatrick to discuss COVID-19 and how it will impact those who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Published 17 March 2020

Minister told of ‘beginning of the end’ for old way of tackling homelessness

Members of Scotland’s new team to tackle homelessness and its causes updated the minister for local government, housing and planning, Kevin Stewart MSP, last week on their work so far, signalling the beginning of the end for traditional responses to homelessness in Scotland.

Published 16 March 2020

Call to prioritise homelessness ahead of UK budget

As Rishi Sunak prepares to deliver his first budget speech as UK Chancellor, Shelter Scotland is calling for any unallocated funds which come to Scotland to be invested in homelessness.

Published 10 March 2020

Glasgow and Edinburgh fundraisers to sleep out and speak out against homelessness in Scotland

Fundraisers across Edinburgh and Glasgow are preparing for Bethany Christian Trust’s 51st Sleep Out event on Friday 20th March to raise money and awareness of the crisis of homelessness in Scotland.

Published 10 March 2020

Clinic for homeless people’s pets boosted by community fund

Student vets who provide free treatment to homeless people’s pets are among those benefitting from a University of Edinburgh initiative that supports community ventures.

Published 6 March 2020

Jessica Husbands: Hidden homelessness: Hidden from sight, from evidence, and hiding yourself

Hidden homelessness can mean being hidden from sight, it can mean hidden from evidence, and it can also mean hiding your true self in order to access services, explains Shelter Scotland’s policy advocacy officer Jessica Husbands.

Published 5 March 2020

Contactless donation scheme launched for Glasgow street beggars

Simon Community Scotland has teamed up with third sector organisations, businesses, Glasgow City Council and the city's Health & Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP) to launch a new alternative giving scheme for people involved in street begging.

Published 4 March 2020

Matt Downie: Strides made towards a new framework for improving homelessness prevention

Crisis director of policy and external affairs Matt Downie MBE writes about progress towards recommendations for the Scottish Government regarding wide-ranging legal requirements to prevent homelessness.

Published 21 February 2020

I-SPHERE gains royal award for groundbreaking research into homeless and destitute people

An internationally renowned award has been presented to a research group whose work prompted a step-change in the UK Government’s approach to extreme disadvantage. 

Published 21 February 2020

Yoric Irving-Clarke: Making better use of evidence to end homelessness

Dr Yoric Irving-Clarke from the CIH policy and practice team takes a look at the launch of the Centre for Homelessness Impact’s updated SHARE framework.

Published 19 February 2020

Travel back 100 years with Speakeasy Charity Dinner for Rock Trust

Scottish youth homelessness charity Rock Trust has invited people to enter the gritty world of 1920s flat caps, con-artists and fortune tellers, at their Speakeasy Charity Dinner.

Published 19 February 2020