Homelessness



Glasgow man to perform sponsored sky dive for Salvation Army in Housing First tribute

A Glasgow father plans to jump out of a plane at 10,000 ft to thank the city's Housing First scheme for helping him rebuild his life after homelessness.

Published 23 April 2020

Six-year-old Jasper raises over £500 for Bethany Christian Trust

Jasper Maciver, age 6, from Edinburgh has raised over £500 for homelessness charity Bethany Christian Trust by running a 5K in his back garden.

Published 23 April 2020

England: MPs to examine effect of coronavirus on homelessness and PRS

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on homelessness, rough sleeping and the private rented sector is to be examined by MPs.

Published 22 April 2020

Scotland’s Housing First programme passes 250 tenancies despite lockdown

The first batch of data received from Housing First in Scotland since lockdown began indicates the programme continued to scale up during March, passing a significant milestone.

Published 21 April 2020

Princes Street hotel used to support people who are homeless during pandemic

National homelessness charity Bethany Christian Trust and the City of Edinburgh Council are partnering to provide further hotel accommodation and specialised support for people who would otherwise be sleeping rough in the capital.

Published 20 April 2020

Martin Gavin: Freedom shouldn’t mean transition into homelessness

In 2018/19, 1,822 homeless applications were recorded as having been from people leaving prison, which represents five per cent of the total. It is likely that this figure does not represent the full scale of the problem, with applicants often unwilling to reveal their background. With discussion around more widespread early release of prisoners across the UK gathering momentum due to the pandemic, Martin Gavin – Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations - asks, ‘Could it be the time to break the cycle?’

Published 16 April 2020

Shelter Scotland calls for renter protection amid coronavirus pandemic

Shelter Scotland is calling for the UK Chancellor to boost social security payments to ensure the nation’s 340,000 private renters don’t end up mired in debt and at risk of homelessness.  

Published 16 April 2020

Highland home delivery for vulnerable

A scheme to provide vital food supplies for vulnerable people has delivered more than 500 meals to homes in the Inverness area over recent weeks and is asking businesses to get in touch if they can provide personal protective equipment for the volunteers providing this vital lifeline.

Published 16 April 2020

Martin Gavin: People with lived experience will tell us what works

The response from the homelessness sector to COVID-19 continues at pace. Assessing whether the measures introduced in the past two weeks are the right ones, and what aspects we might want to retain, must be guided by people with expertise both as practitioners and through their own lived experience, says Martin Gavin – head of external relations at Homeless Network Scotland.

Published 8 April 2020

Scottish Government offers emergency help for worse affected by coronavirus

People most at risk from the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak are to receive further support following emergency investment in crucial services and £30 million of new investment from the Scottish Government Food Fund.

Published 7 April 2020

More applications needed to Crisis COVID-19 emergency fund

The GB-wide charity Crisis is urging organisations working in the homelessness sector to apply for funding through its emergency grants fund, launched at the end of March.

Published 6 April 2020

Charities unite to deliver 350 meals a day to homeless people in Glasgow

More than 350 meals are being delivered individually to homeless people in Glasgow every day in what is believed to be the city’s largest co-ordinated mobilisation of food parcels by local charities and community groups.

Published 6 April 2020

Homeless Action Scotland: The Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill 2020

With emergency legislation being passed in the Scottish Parliament this week, Homeless Action Scotland’s policy manager takes a quick look at what this means for the sector and some of the challenges services might face in the future.

Published 3 April 2020

Homeless charity subjected to abuse after suspending services

Glasgow-based homeless charity The Halliday Foundation has been subjected to online abuse after it had to suspend its services as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 2 April 2020

Martin Gavin: Emergency legislation for a fairer Scotland

In his second blog as Scottish Housing News’ temporary special correspondent on homelessness, Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations Martin Gavin gives his take on the Emergency Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill.

Published 1 April 2020