Homelessness



Garry Burns: Rehab and housing – A practical solution

Following the tragic news that a young man died of a drug overdose days after leaving his rehabilitation placement, Homeless Action Scotland communications and engagement manager Garry Burns offers a practical housing solution to help prevent similar deaths from happening in the future.

Published 16 March 2021

Shelter Scotland voices concerns over lack of suitable homes for homeless people

Scottish ministers have been warned the homelessness system to safeguard people who have suffered domestic and sexual abuse is “struggling to cope” as more than 14,000 Scottish households are “effectively trapped in temporary accommodation”.

Published 15 March 2021

West Lothian Council provides homelessness applications update

West Lothian Council has received 1,426 homelessness applications were received in 2020/21 (up to March 1) with less than a quarter of those applications with children in the household.

Published 15 March 2021

England: People who are homeless to be prioritised for vaccine

People who are homeless in England are to be prioritised for the coronavirus vaccine after the UK Government accepted advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Published 12 March 2021

Sir Chris Hoy back in the saddle to ‘break the cycle’ of homelessness

Olympian Sir Chris Hoy has teamed with up with Social Bite to launch a £1 million fundraising campaign which aims to replicate the charity's Granton village for homeless people in Glasgow and London.

Published 12 March 2021

The Salvation Army warns of new 'trap' faced by those experiencing homelessness

Thousands of Scottish people who are experiencing homelessness could become "trapped" between homelessness and unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation, campaigners from The Salvation Army have warned.

Published 10 March 2021

Charities Crisis and Pathway to merge to better tackle homelessness and health inequalities

The national homelessness charity Crisis and Pathway, the homeless healthcare charity, are to merge in a bid to tackle the stark health inequalities experienced by people who are homeless and ensure that the healthcare system plays its part in ending homelessness across the UK.

Published 9 March 2021

Simon Community Scotland launches Street Cycles team in Edinburgh

Homelessness charity Simon Community Scotland is making a concerted effort to completely eliminate rough sleeping in Edinburgh, by providing bikes to its volunteer support teams, so they can see more people in any given period of time.

Published 4 March 2021

Success in England for Kingdom’s Naumann Initiative

A Scottish initiative to create jobs for people with experience of homelessness has achieved success in England.

Published 25 February 2021

City of Edinburgh Council ruled to have breached duties towards homeless refugee

A judge in the Outer House of the Court of Session has found that a local authority acted unlawfully in failing to provide assistance to a homeless Sudanese refugee living in Scotland.

Published 23 February 2021

Scotland records more than 200 homeless deaths in a year

More than 200 people experiencing homelessness died during 2019 in Scotland, where the homeless death rate was higher than England and Wales.

Published 23 February 2021

Court of Session clarifies the law on fresh homeless applications

In a petition for judicial review of the City of Edinburgh Council’s decision to refuse a fresh homeless application, the Court of Session has held that the council acted unlawfully.

Published 23 February 2021

Expert review group publishes landmark report into homelessness prevention

Ambitious new measures aimed at widening responsibility for homelessness prevention could stop people from losing their homes and make Scotland a world leader in ending homelessness, according to a new report from an independent group of experts.

Published 18 February 2021

Evelyn Mathershaw: Landmark homelessness prevention report published

Beginning in late 2019, the Scotland Prevention Review Group has taken forward the work of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) and the subsequent Scottish Government / COSLA Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan, to recommend new legal duties on councils and public bodies to prevent homelessness. Central to the process has been the contribution throughout of people with lived experience through the Prevention Commission. Member, Evelyn Mathershaw, explains her role in helping to shape the report published today titled, ‘PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS IN SCOTLAND’.

Published 18 February 2021

Aberdeen Cyrenians seeking bravehearts to step forward for virtual Lego Walk

Aberdeen Cyrenians, a North-East charity providing support to people affected by homelessness and other forms of social exclusion and crisis, is appealing for participants to step up and take on its Virtual Lego Walk challenge to help end homelessness.

Published 15 February 2021