Rock Trust launches Perth project for young people affected by homelessness

Despite the restrictions and difficulties presented by lockdown, the new Perth team at Rock Trust launched a project commissioned by Perth & Kinross Council to help young people affected by homelessness in the city.

Published 22 June 2020

Martin Gavin: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’

The combined data on the Housing First Scotland Pathfinder programme is now available covering both April and May, when housing allocations all but stopped. Significant additional pressure across the public and charity sectors, including organisations delivering support to tenants, has been on a scale unseen previously. Homeless Network Scotland manages the Pathfinder and produces the normally monthly Tracker report. Its head of external relations, Martin Gavin, looks at what this latest one tells us.

Published 19 June 2020

SFHA provides weekly Social Housing Resilience Group update

The reconvened Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) was the subject of the latest meeting of the Social Housing Resilience Group (SHRG) this week.

Published 19 June 2020

Deal agreed to house homeless people in Hamilton student flats

South Lanarkshire Council and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) have reached an agreement to make student accommodation in Hamilton available for people who are homeless.

Published 19 June 2020

Homelessness must not be seen in isolation, argues GWSF

New recommendations to be made by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) must avoid looking at homelessness in isolation from the wider housing system, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 18 June 2020

Councillor Kate Campbell: We’ve worked together to put our most vulnerable first during this crisis – but the biggest challenges are still to come

City of Edinburgh Council’s housing, homelessness and fair work convener, Councillor Kate Campbell, outlines the phenomenal response from organisations working to prevent homeless during the pandemic.

Published 18 June 2020

Shelter Scotland sounds eviction warning amid rise of unemployment

New figures which reveal an increase in Scotland's unemployment rate “make grim reading” and warrant an extension to the temporary measures put in place to prevent eviction for rent arrears.

Published 16 June 2020

Aberdeen Cyrenians continues growth plans despite COVID-19

Aberdeen Cyrenians has pressed ahead with expansion plans to deliver more crucial services for vulnerable people despite the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 16 June 2020

End Furniture Poverty: Rehousing homeless people must include furniture

End Furniture Poverty, part of the charity FRC Group, has urged local authorities rehousing homeless people after the coronavirus lockdown to provide people suffering from homelessness with furniture. 

Published 12 June 2020

Michelle Major: Telling it like it is to the housing minister

This week, Kevin Stewart MSP, Scotland’s housing minister, along with senior Scottish Government officials, had the opportunity to meet via video link four members of All in For Change, people with their own lived experience of homelessness. Homeless Network Scotland’s change lead Michelle Major co-ordinates the All In for Change meetings and facilitated this week’s video chat.

Published 11 June 2020

Bingo staff help homeless people in Glasgow

Staff at an East Glasgow Mecca Bingo branch have been supporting people in the city who are homeless by preparing hundreds of free meals.

Published 10 June 2020

TalkTalk chief executive Tristia Harrison named new trustee chair for Crisis

Tristia Harrison, chief executive of TalkTalk, has been announced as the new chair of trustees for national homelessness charity Crisis.

Published 9 June 2020

Jon Sparkes: Let’s make this the beginning of the end of homelessness in Scotland

As the Scottish Government reconvenes its Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG), its chair Jon Sparkes provides a summary of the first meeting.

Published 8 June 2020

Guillermo Rodríguez-Guzmán: Introducing the Housing Costs Calculator to support effective COVID-19 planning

Guillermo Rodríguez-Guzmán from the Centre for Homelessness Impact introduces the newly developed Housing Costs Calculator which aims to help city leaders plan for the transition from emergency homelessness accommodation.

Published 2 June 2020

CIH Scotland issues policy solution for government and landlords to avoid post-COVID spike in evictions

CIH Scotland has published new proposals as part of an urgent call to action to avoid a potentially disastrous spike in evictions once the current coronavirus protections end.

Published 1 June 2020