Shelter Scotland



Call for action as number of people with disabilities on housing waiting lists soars

The Scottish Government has been urged to set a target for new disabled housing after research found that the number of disabled people on housing waiting lists has risen by almost 80% in the last two years.

Published 23 May 2019

Graeme Brown: 20 years of housing and homelessness in the Scottish Parliament

Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown reviews progress on housing and homelessness since 1999.

Published 8 May 2019

Emergency welfare funding statistics highlight plight of struggling households

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland said the underlying causes of poverty must be tackled as new figures revealed nearly a third of a million low income households accessed emergency funding to help with the costs of essentials such as food and heating in the past six years.

Published 1 May 2019

Shelter Scotland calls for end to local connection and intentionality homelessness tests

Plans by the Scottish Government to remove barriers for people needing to access homelessness services are welcome but don’t go far enough, according to Shelter Scotland.

Published 29 April 2019

Aoife Deery: Why local connection and intentionality homelessness tests need to change

Shelter Scotland campaigns & policy officer, Aoife Deery, discusses the Scottish Government’s consultation on its plans to change the rules around local connection and intentionality with regards to homelessness.

Published 26 April 2019

Blog: Val McDermid, Karyn McCluskey and Professor Alan Miller speak at Shelter Scotland’s Home Truths event

Debbie King looks back on Shelter Scotland’s #HomeTruths debate last month.

Published 28 March 2019

Joint research project to build case for social housing investment post-2021

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), Shelter Scotland and CIH Scotland will team up to commission new research on housing supply need in Scotland post-2021.

Published 13 March 2019

New figures take homeless death toll to 139 in 18 months

At least 139 people have died while homeless in Scotland over the last 18 months, according to new statistics.

Published 12 March 2019

Aoife Deery: Reflections on women in the housing sector for International Women’s Day

Every day Shelter Scotland fights for the right to safe, secure and affordable housing and to mark last week’s International Women’s Day, Aoife Deery took the opportunity to reflect on the work of the women, past and present, who have helped to improve housing for other women in Scotland.

Published 11 March 2019

New research reveals hardships of those begging in Edinburgh

The lives of people begging on the streets of Edinburgh are characterised by poverty, poor health, addiction and abuse, according to hard-hitting new research.

Published 6 March 2019

Gordon MacRae returns to Shelter Scotland communications and policy role

Shelter Scotland has appointed Gordon MacRae as head of communications and policy, returning to a role he left four years ago.

Published 6 March 2019

Homeless people ‘have 18-month wait’ for permanent home in Edinburgh

People who are homeless in Edinburgh face an 18-month wait for permanent accommodation, new statistics have shown.

Published 5 March 2019

Council and partners agree wide-ranging plan to tackle homelessness in Fife

A Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan to help meet the national ambition to "end homelessness together" has been launched in Fife.

Published 28 February 2019

Lisa Glass: Housing is a human right – but what does this mean in Scotland?

With human rights once again on the domestic and international agenda, Shelter Scotland wants to ensure that any new legislation puts good housing right at its heart, writes Lisa Glass.

Published 15 February 2019

Blog: Homelessness numbers and policy changes – what does this mean for people experiencing homelessness?

Lisa Glass responds to the latest Scottish Government statistics on homeless applications and households in temporary accommodation.

Published 1 February 2019