Homelessness



Garry Burns: Homeless Action Scotland's policy asks for next Holyrood Parliament

Homeless Action Scotland communications and engagement manager Garry Burns outlines the policy proposals the charity believes should be adopted by the next Scottish Parliament.

Published 13 April 2021

Aberdeen Cyrenians launches new service for pets of people affected by homelessness

The charity StreetVet will be launching its outreach services to Aberdeen on April 27, working in partnership with Aberdeen Cyrenians to support its clients and their furry friends affected by homelessness.

Published 8 April 2021

Doug Gibson: Scaling up Housing First across Scotland

Doug Gibson has been involved in the adoption and scaling up of Housing First through his role as programme manager for the Housing First Pathfinder. As the approach extends across most council areas in Scotland from this week, he considers how it could help end large scale homelessness for good.

Published 7 April 2021

England: Pilot scheme offers proxy address to people who are homeless

A social enterprise is giving people who are homeless access to a virtual address so they can access vital services as part of a pilot initiative in England.

Published 6 April 2021

Turning Point Scotland celebrates ten years of Housing First success

Social care developer and provider Turning Point Scotland is celebrating a decade of Housing First success.

Published 31 March 2021

Homelessness statistics reflect pandemic safety measures as B&B use doubles

Scottish councils doubled their use of bed and breakfast accommodation for people experiencing homelessness during the first few months of lockdown last year as part of the measures taken to protect people during the coronavirus pandemic, new official statistics have revealed.

Published 24 March 2021

‘Branching Out’ will light the way for Housing First in Scotland

A new national framework for organisations and sectors starting or scaling up Housing First in Scotland has been launched at Scotland’s Housing First conference. 

Published 24 March 2021

Work to start on second homes-for-life development in Edinburgh

Keys have been handed over this week to community benefit society Common Ground Against Homelessness (CGAH) for a property in Peffermill, which will become a second homes-for-life development in the capital.

Published 24 March 2021

Government vows to support people needing help for addiction who faced losing their home

The Scottish Government has pledged to invest millions of pounds to tackle the ongoing problem facing scores of people who are battling addiction but are being forced to choose between going into residential rehabilitation facilities or keeping their home.

Published 22 March 2021

Second Prevention Pathway for youth homelessness launched

After the successful launch of the first Youth Homelessness Prevention Pathway for care leavers, the A Way Home Scotland coalition has developed a second youth homelessness prevention pathway for all young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Scotland.

Published 22 March 2021

Aberdeen Cyrenians welcomes commitment to Housing First from all political parties

Aberdeen Cyrenians is welcoming the commitment from all Holyrood political parties to support the Housing First approach in their manifestos.

Published 19 March 2021

Causal link between Universal Credit and homelessness outlined in government report

Problems with the five-week wait to receive the first Universal Credit payment and sanctions which lead to payments being withdrawn if claimants don’t meet certain conditions have directly contributed towards homelessness in Scotland, a new report has revealed.

Published 18 March 2021

Crisis launches election manifesto to urge parties to prioritise ending homelessness

Homelessness charity Crisis is urging parties across Scotland to make preventing and ending homelessness, including rough sleeping, a national priority ahead of the election.

Published 18 March 2021

Support system flaw forces people to choose between residential rehabilitation or keeping home

Scores of people battling with addiction issues are being forced to choose between going into residential rehabilitation facilities or keeping their home, Shelter Scotland has revealed.

Published 17 March 2021

Every vote is a vote for Housing First

Having gained cross-party support for Housing First in Scotland, Homeless Network Scotland is looking ahead to an online conference taking place next week which will focus on the roll-out of the policy across most council areas from April.

Published 17 March 2021