Housing First Scotland



Webinar launches Scotland’s new national Housing First 'check-up’

An online event for local authorities and partners on Thursday 25 November will set out plans for a new ‘check-up’ process that will support the rollout of Housing First in Scotland.

Published 16 November 2021

Housing First provision primed for successful expansion across Scotland, report finds

The Housing First Pathfinder has been highly effective at supporting people with the sharpest experiences of homelessness to stay in their homes, according to the country’s first evaluation of Housing First, published this week by I-SPHERE at Heriot-Watt University.

Published 24 September 2021

Headline findings from Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder evaluation interim report

Prof Sarah Johnsen and Dr Janice Blenkinsopp provide an overview of the main findings from the first interim report of the independent evaluation of Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder programme.

Published 22 September 2021

Andrew Garraway: Housing First and harm reduction in Highland

Homeless Network Scotland hosted a webinar on Housing First and Harm Reduction this week to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. By bringing together a range of contributors from third sector, Health and Social Care Partnerships, the NHS and the Scottish Government, the webinar offered an opportunity to reflect on the realities of delivering on the principle of harm reduction against the backdrop of increasing drug-related deaths in Scotland.

Published 1 September 2021

Turning Point Scotland to provide new Housing First service in Aberdeen

Turning Point Scotland has been appointed by Aberdeen City Council as the new provider for the city’s Housing First service.

Published 6 August 2021

Housing First Pathfinder passes 500 tenancies

Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder has created more than 500 tenancies with the addition of 25 added in April, a monitoring report released today has shown.

Published 17 May 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

‘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