Housing First Scotland



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

‘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

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

Professor Sarah Johnsen: The strong evidence base for Housing First

With all of Holyrood’s political parties now supporting Housing First ahead of May’s election, Professor Sarah Johnsen, an expert in homelessness policy based with I-SPHERE at Heriot-Watt University, explains why the approach is attractive to politicians looking for an effective, evidence-based response to some of the toughest homelessness experiences.

Published 17 March 2021

Wheatley hands over 200th home to Housing First

Hugh Andrews is living testimony to Wheatley Group’s commitment to tackle homelessness in Scotland.

Published 5 February 2021

Housing First Pathfinder tops milestone of 400 tenancies

The first data on Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder since the start of the year indicates the programme continued to scale up despite Covid restrictions.

Published 22 January 2021

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

Housing First passes 300 tenancies

Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder has created more than 300 tenancies with an additional 50 added since April, a monitoring report released today has revealed.

Published 17 September 2020

Robert Kennedy: Housing First support lets people move on

The Housing First Scotland Pathfinder programme launched officially in April 2019 in Aberdeen/shire, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling after a ramping-up period from August 2018, two years ago this week, when the first tenants moved into properties in Glasgow allocated to the fledgeling Pathfinder. The Salvation Army has been providing Housing First support in the city since then and today continues alongside partner organisations in the Housing First Consortium in Glasgow. Robert Kennedy – Housing First support worker with The Salvation Army, describes his experience over the past two years.

Published 21 August 2020

Allan Jones: Housing First still working in the North East

The Housing First Scotland Pathfinder programme launched officially in April 2019 in Aberdeen/shire, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling. This was following a ramping-up period that began in August 2018, exactly two years ago this week, when the first tenants moved into properties in Glasgow allocated to the fledgeling Pathfinder. Allan Jones, housing manager (options and homelessness) with Aberdeenshire Council, explains the impact Housing First has had on someone his team works with.

Published 20 August 2020

Martin Gavin: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’

The combined data on the Housing First Scotland Pathfinder programme is now available covering both April and May, when housing allocations all but stopped. Significant additional pressure across the public and charity sectors, including organisations delivering support to tenants, has been on a scale unseen previously. Homeless Network Scotland manages the Pathfinder and produces the normally monthly Tracker report. Its head of external relations, Martin Gavin, looks at what this latest one tells us.

Published 19 June 2020

Housing First marks first year with ambition for ‘rapid scaling up’ and prevention of post-COVID homelessness

A year after Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder was officially launched discussions are taking place between senior figures in housing, homelessness and government to significantly scale-up the programme and prevent anyone returning to the streets who has been accommodated in hotels and short-term lets under current emergency measures.

Published 7 May 2020

Martin Gavin: Checking the progress of Housing First

Today would have been the annual Housing First Scotland conference in Edinburgh, an event that last year attracted 350 delegates and speakers from across the world. The theme was going to be a celebration of the first full year of the Housing First Pathfinder, and today Homeless Network Scotland, which manages the programme, will publish the first 12-month Check Up Report on progress. Martin Gavin, head of external relations, pulls out some key points.

Published 7 May 2020

Scotland’s Housing First programme passes 250 tenancies despite lockdown

The first batch of data received from Housing First in Scotland since lockdown began indicates the programme continued to scale up during March, passing a significant milestone.

Published 21 April 2020

Contactless donation scheme launched for Glasgow street beggars

Simon Community Scotland has teamed up with third sector organisations, businesses, Glasgow City Council and the city's Health & Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP) to launch a new alternative giving scheme for people involved in street begging.

Published 4 March 2020