Blog: Stigma of Homelessness

Putting people with lived experience of homelessness at the centre of the solution is key, writes Ewan Aitken as he blogs on Shelter Scotland’s Homelessness Conference.

Published 31 March 2017

National health and homelessness event held in Edinburgh

The Scottish Health and Homelessness Conference 2017 is being held today hosted by NHS Health Scotland at the Surgeon’s Hall in Edinburgh.

Published 28 March 2017

Scottish Welfare Fund to be extended amid ‘shameful’ UK housing benefit changes

Support has been stepped up for young people at risk of being pushed into homelessness due to UK government changes to housing benefit, social security secretary Angela Constance has said.

Published 27 March 2017

Open empty shops to prevent further homeless deaths, say campaigners

Homelessness campaigners have called for empty shops to be opened up to provide shelter for rough sleepers following the death of a man in Glasgow city centre.

Published 24 March 2017

Conference to hear call for new national homelessness strategy

A new National Homelessness Strategy for Scotland, which is informed and designed with input from people with lived experience of homelessness, is the only way the root causes of homelessness can be tackled, a conference will hear today.

Published 22 March 2017

Housing ‘can help break cycle of reoffending’ as inspector calls for more help for prison leavers

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland has welcomed calls from the chief inspector of prisons for more help for inmates during transition and highlighted the important role that safe and affordable housing can play.

Published 16 March 2017

Homeless applications fall in Argyll and Bute

The number of homeless applications received by Argyll and Bute Council has fallen by 15% since 2012.

Published 9 March 2017

New resource launched for homeless jobseekers in Glasgow

Glasgow City Council’s Poverty Leadership Panel (PLP) has launched a pocket sized information card to help homeless jobseekers.

Published 8 March 2017

MSPs meet homeless communities in rural Perth and Kinross

Homeless people in Perth and Kinross met with MSPs from the Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee when they visited Churches Action for the Homeless (CATH) this week.

Published 8 March 2017

Blog: Changing the dialogue on homelessness

Ewan Aitken of homelessness charity Cyrenians blogs ahead of Shelter Scotland’s Homelessness Conference 2017

Published 3 March 2017

MSPs meet Glasgow’s female homeless community

Glasgow women facing a life on the streets met with MSPs from the Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee when they visited Simon Community Scotland and Legal Services Agency yesterday.

Published 28 February 2017

MSPs hear first-hand from Edinburgh’s homeless community

A group of MSPs from the Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee met with Edinburgh’s homeless community at the Streetwork crisis centre yesterday.

Published 23 February 2017

Suspending benefit payments ‘can lead to rent arrears and homelessness’, MPs warn

Unexplained variations in the use of benefit sanctions are “unacceptable” and must be addressed, according to a committee of MPs.

Published 22 February 2017

Joined up approach sees decline in Glasgow rough sleepers

A joined up approach used by Glasgow City Mission has resulted in the number of people using its winter night shelter decreasing from last year’s record count.

Published 20 February 2017

Cyrenians and St Martin’s to jointly tackle homelessness in Edinburgh

The Cyrenians charity has launched a new venture in partnership with the St Martin-in-the-Fields charity designed to bring together workers on the frontline of homelessness in Edinburgh.

Published 17 February 2017