Martin Gavin: Deciding how to help might be ignoring the obvious

Homeless Network Scotland recently made over 1,000 cash payments of £100 to people affected by homelessness, thanks to the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund, supported by SCVO and the Hunter Foundation. The one-off payment was available to households in temporary homelessness accommodation, or people who have recently taken on a Housing First tenancy. Martin Gavin, head of external relations at Homeless Network Scotland, explains how it came about.

Published 22 July 2020

JRF: Housing lifeline required to ease financial strain on households

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has called on the Scottish Government to act quickly to avoid a potential autumn spike in evictions as financial strains take hold on households across the country.

Published 17 July 2020

Shelter Scotland warns against ‘wave of homelessness’ as unemployment rises

Shelter Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to “act swiftly” to extend eviction protections after new figures revealed a decrease in the number of Scots in employment and high numbers of income support.

Published 17 July 2020

Kevin Stewart: Renewed commitment to ending homelessness

Kevin Stewart MSP, minister for local government, housing and planning, outlines the Scottish Government's renewed commitment to ending homelessness.

Published 17 July 2020

Aberdeen Cyrenians challenges teams to participate in 555 mile football-themed fundraiser

Aberdeen Cyrenians, an Aberdeen-based charity who work with people who are homeless, fleeing violence, coping with mental health and addiction issues or facing crisis, is challenging teams to virtually travel from Pittodrie to 12 other Scottish Premiership stadiums and back home again throughout the summer.

Published 17 July 2020

Strategic partnership to reinforce social housing sector’s role in tackling homelessness

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Homeless Network Scotland (HNS) have today announced they will be forming a strategic partnership with the aim of strengthening the social housing sector’s role in tackling homelessness.

Published 16 July 2020

England: Social landlords join call to scale up Housing First

A group of 12 organisations in England representing social landlords, local authorities and the wider homelessness sector are calling on the UK Government and social housing providers to help make Housing First available to those who need it.

Published 16 July 2020

Scottish Government accepts HARSAG recommendations in principle

The Scottish Government has accepted the full set of recommendations by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) in principle, housing minister Kevin Stewart MSP has announced.

Published 15 July 2020

New guidance on Section 11 processes issued by SFHA and Scotland’s Housing Network

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Scotland’s Housing Network have published guidance on Section 11 processes to help minimise tenancy failure and prevent homelessness.

Published 15 July 2020

Concerns raised over future support for homeless people subject to immigration control

Scottish Government ministers have again demanded that the UK Government suspend its restrictions in order to prevent homelessness and destitution among people who have No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) amid concerns that they will not be provided with post-COVID financial support.

Published 14 July 2020

Cycling Scotland supports Glasgow's homeless during lockdown

Cycling Scotland staff have been getting on their bikes in lockdown to support homeless people in Glasgow.

Published 14 July 2020

Government confirms continued emergency support for homeless people in hotels

Emergency funding to provide hotel accommodation so people who are homeless could safely isolate themselves throughout the coronavirus crisis will remain in place until they can be moved into suitable homes, the Scottish Government has said.

Published 13 July 2020

David Kidd: Lived experience takes a seat at top table

Services supporting people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Scotland’s biggest city will be transformed as the new Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness takes the lead role in co-ordinating services and prevention work. One of the most important parts of the approach to many is that its work will involve, as equal partners, people with their own lived experience of homelessness. Change lead at Homeless Network Scotland, David Kidd, explains the process.

Published 9 July 2020

Deeside Thistle Cycling Club raises over £2,000 for Aberdeen Cyrenians

Deeside Thistle Cycling Club (DTCC) has raised more £2,000 for Aberdeen Cyrenians by organising a “first-of-its-kind” virtual race.

Published 7 July 2020

Taylor Wimpey donates to Glasgow homeless charity

Taylor Wimpey has provided funding to Glasgow homeless charity Lights on G1.

Published 7 July 2020