Homelessness



Scottish Churches Housing Action pays a visit to Fresh Start Borders

Fresh Start Borders was set up in 2009, with support from Scottish Churches Housing Action, whose administrator Lauren Forbes reports on a visit to the charity last month to see how things were going.

Published 10 August 2017

Aberdeen City Council’s temporary accommodation spending tops £7m

Aberdeen City Council has spent more than £7 million on temporary accommodation for homeless people over the last year, the Evening Express has reported.

Published 9 August 2017

Housing crisis ‘hitting young Scots and PRS tenants more than most’

Young people and private renters are disproportionately affected by a “terrible shortage” of affordable homes in Scotland, according to a new report.

Published 8 August 2017

End of an era at Homeless Action Scotland

Scotland’s national membership organisation for homelessness has announced a significant change as chief executive of almost 20 years Robert Aldridge retires from Homeless Action Scotland.

Published 8 August 2017

CIH issues homelessness warning amid new benefit cap statistics

The latest benefit cap statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show there is a need for the UK government to re-look at welfare policies, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has said.

Published 4 August 2017

Business leader claims homeless people are ‘damaging trade’ in Glasgow city centre

Beggars and rough sleepers in Glasgow city centre are damaging trade and putting shoppers off visiting the city, according to a leading Scottish business figure.

Published 3 August 2017

Edinburgh MSP commends £100K funding for homeless charity

Jeremy Balfour MSP lodged a Parliamentary Motion commending a charity who received £100K of National Lottery cash to help homeless people in Edinburgh last week.

Published 2 August 2017

Blog: His name was Peter

It has recently been suggested that we stop saying “homelessness can happen to anyone” because it somehow obscures the real risk factors and prevents those in power from tackling big structural issues. Shelter Scotland media officer Susie Rose reflects on when homelessness happened to her. These views are hers and hers alone.

Published 2 August 2017

Shelter Scotland grows Glasgow presence with city centre move

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland is renewing its commitment to Glasgow by growing its city centre presence.

Published 31 July 2017

Ireland: Architects raise thousands for homeless through free consultations

Architects in Ireland have raised €124,000 for homeless people by giving free consultations in exchange for donations.

Published 31 July 2017

England: Rough sleepers face £2.5k fine for leaving possessions in doorways

Homeless people in Oxford who keep possessions in doorways have been warned they face fines of up to £2,500.

Published 27 July 2017

Edinburgh family farm partners with homeless charity Bethany Christian Trust

Craigie’s Farm and Restaurant is planting seeds of hope by partnering with Edinburgh-based charity Bethany Christian Trust to help tackle homelessness in Scotland.

Published 25 July 2017

Interview: Why I decided to change my Will to help homeless charity

Etienne Duval, a supporter of Borderline, a charity which helps homeless Scots in London, talks about his passion for the charity’s work and why he felt compelled to leave a gift in his Will.

Published 20 July 2017

Fringe play about housing crisis to offer homeless £1 tickets

A show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which is inspired by Ken Loach's famous film Cathy Come Home is to offer £1 tickets for those who have had experience of homelessness.

Published 20 July 2017

Work starts on Social Bite’s homeless village with first residents expected by Christmas

The houses for Social Bite’s new village are now under construction with members of Edinburgh’s homeless community expected to be onsite before Christmas this year, Social Bite co-founder, Josh Littlejohn MBE, confirmed today.

Published 19 July 2017