Homelessness



Volunteers needed to give lifeline to homeless people in Edinburgh this Christmas

From hairdressers to caterers, performers to podiatrists, dedicated volunteers are needed to help bring Crisis’ temporary centre in Edinburgh for homeless people to life this Christmas.

Published 21 December 2015

Artist creates ‘Last Supper’ for Glasgow City Mission men

Thirteen men who regularly attend Glasgow City Mission's evening drop-in service have been painted as part of a modern take on the iconic Last Supper painting.

Published 17 December 2015

Campaigners gift-wrap house to highlight rising number of homeless children

Housing campaigners gift-wrapped a full-size affordable home in a bid to raise awareness of the plight of homeless children in Scotland this Christmas.

Published 14 December 2015

Blog: Stats show over 65,000 in housing need

In 2014-15, over 65,000 different households in Scotland approached their local authority for help with housing, either through the housing options service (58,825 approaches) or the homelessness route (35,764 applications).

Published 14 December 2015

George Clooney launches video campaign to feed Scotland’s homeless on Christmas day

Social Bite, the not-for-profit Scottish sandwich shop chain which George Clooney visited last month, has launched a new fundraising campaign to feed thousands of homeless people on Christmas Day and throughout 2016 – with the help of the Hollywood icon and a host of other big-name backers.

Published 14 December 2015

Blog: Do sanctions really help homeless people find work?

At Crisis we know it is possible for homeless people to find and sustain meaningful employment, and in doing so to rebuild their lives. But new research we have published finds that the conditionality and sanctions regime instead makes it much harder for homeless people to find work.

Published 14 December 2015

Benefit sanctions ‘forcing people to sleep rough and go hungry’

Crisis is calling for reform of how benefit sanctions work for the most vulnerable as new research by the charity reveals how the regime is leaving people homeless, hungry and destitute and making it even harder for them to find work.

Published 11 December 2015

Blog: New research shows emerging threats to Scotland’s progress on homelessness

The Scottish Government blazed a trail in tackling homelessness, but there is no room for complacency, writes Jon Sparkes, chief executive at Crisis.

Published 9 December 2015

Fears for Scotland’s future success in tackling homelessness

Scotland’s ambitions to tackle homelessness are under threat according to a new report published today by national homelessness charity Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Published 8 December 2015

Designer jackets worth £13,000 donated to Shelter Scotland

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland has spoken of its shock as a top fashion brand donated stock worth £13,000.

Published 7 December 2015

Knitting Queen brings community together to help homeless

A charity shop volunteer from Prestwick who knitted almost 700 blankets to raise money to help homeless and badly housed people is urging local people to get involved with a community knitting project.

Published 4 December 2015

England: Bagpipes used to deter homeless people from sleeping at bus station

An English local authority has come under fire for blaring bagpipe music during the night in a bid to deter homeless people from sleeping rough at a railway and bus station.

Published 3 December 2015

Christmas Carols for homelessness charity Crisis

National homelessness charity Crisis will be holding its annual carol service in Edinburgh on Tuesday 8 December at Canongate Kirk.

Published 3 December 2015

Greens call for empty homes to be used to aid homelessness

Patrick Harvie, MSP and co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, has called on the Scottish Government and local authorities to use all their powers to ease Scotland's housing and homelessness crises by putting empty properties back in use.

Published 2 December 2015

Gok Wan joins ‘Slippers for Shelter’ campaign

Celebrity Gok Wan has called on members of the public to ‘get yer baffies oot’ in a bid to raise money for Shelter Scotland to help homeless and badly housed children and their families.

Published 30 November 2015