Viki Fox: Coproduction is challenging – time and resources are vital

All In For Change brings together frontline workers and people with their own, personal experience of homelessness either currently or in the past putting lived experience at the heart of system change. For Co-Production Week 2020, Viki Fox, change lead with All In for Change, talks about co-production in real-time and the impact it is having in shaping Scotland’s homelessness response.

Published 17 November 2020

More than 14,000 households facing Christmas in temporary accommodation in Scotland

Record numbers of households in Scotland are facing Christmas in temporary accommodation, Shelter Scotland has warned today as it launches its Winter Appeal.

Published 16 November 2020

Report outlines progress of Edinburgh homelessness initiative throughout COVID-19

A progress report to the City of Edinburgh Council’s Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work Committee last week updated members on delivery of the council’s Private Sector Leasing (PSL) scheme, managed by Link Housing Association.

Published 11 November 2020

Consultation opens into Housing First in Scotland

A new, 90-page National Framework for Housing First in Scotland has opened for consultation.

Published 10 November 2020

New homelessness guide published for Scottish councils

A guide for Scotland’s 32 local authorities has been published today summarising more than 100 recommendations from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) after it was reconvened by the Scottish Government in response to the pandemic.

Published 6 November 2020

Call for change to 'dangerous' new immigration rules targeting people sleeping rough for deportation 

New immigration rules targeting people sleeping rough will endanger lives, undermine progress in reducing homelessness and must be reconsidered, a collection of leading homelessness charities have warned in a message being sent to the UK Government.

Published 6 November 2020

Fiona McPhail: Regulator's report into Glasgow City Council confirms concerns raised by Shelter Scotland

Shelter Scotland’s lead solicitor Fiona McPhail gives her reaction to the outcome of the Scottish Housing Regulator’s inquiry into Glasgow City Council’s homelessness services.

Published 6 November 2020

Regulator publishes findings of inquiry into Glasgow City Council’s homelessness services

Glasgow City Council failed to ensure it had enough suitable temporary accommodation prior to the coronavirus pandemic and did not provide temporary accommodation to significant numbers of people when they needed it, the Scottish Housing Regulator has found.

Published 4 November 2020

Scottish Veterans Residences awarded £47K Comic Relief grant

Veteran homelessness charity Scottish Veterans Residences (SVR) has received a generous grant from Comic Relief's Homeless Response Fund to help it absorb some of the financial impact of COVID-19.

Published 2 November 2020

Aberdeen Cyrenians highlights ‘Reverse Trick or Treat’ Appeal

Aberdeen Cyrenians is appealing for ‘reverse trick or treating’ to support those having a ‘frightful’ time during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Published 2 November 2020

Charities team up to hire new pets engagement officer for homeless dog owners

Simon Community Scotland has linked up with the UK’s largest dog welfare charity to launch a brand-new initiative to increase dog-friendly accommodation options for homeless dog owners in Scotland.

Published 27 October 2020

CIH Scotland responds to consultation on local connection referrals

Suspending local connection referrals could increase demand for housing and homelessness services in some areas, CIH Scotland has warned.

Published 26 October 2020

Andy Robertson named Street Soccer Scotland ambassador

Homelessness charity Street Soccer Scotland has today announced Scotland captain Andy Robertson as an official ambassador.

Published 26 October 2020

Charities criticise 'cruel' Home Office plans to deport non-UK national rough sleepers

New immigration rules from the Home Office outlining that non-UK nationals rough sleeping could face deportation from January 1 next year have been branded as "cruel" and a “huge step backwards” by homelessness charities.

Published 23 October 2020

And finally... sketchy

A man from West Sussex has raised almost £5,000 for homeless charity Turning Tides by drawing "rubbish" pictures of pets.  It began when Phil, who operates under the spoof alias "acclaimed artist Hercule Van Wolfwinkle", drew his pet dog while colouring with

Published 23 October 2020