Monitoring report charts progress of Housing First in Scotland
Twenty-four of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas are now branching out Housing First with local partners in their area, with three more areas preparing to launch soon, the latest quarterly data for Housing First in Scotland has revealed.
Data collected by the Scottish Government confirmed that an estimated 1,224 Housing First tenancies have started across Scotland as of 30 June 2022.
A total of 73 new Housing First tenancies started between 1 April and 30 June 2022. A further 28 tenancies had begun between April 2021 and March 2022 which had not been captured in previous reports. This brings the total number of Housing First tenancies which started since 1 April 2021 to 419.
There are currently 400 Housing First tenancies in Scotland. 19 tenancies have ended; 34 tenancies are in the ‘step down’ phase, and six are in the ‘stand down’ phase. Within the 400 Housing First tenancies, there are 409 adults and 31 children. Additionally, 41 households had access to 59 children but do not have full-time custody.
Between 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2022, it has taken an average of 201 days for a Housing First participant to move into a permanent tenancy from the referral date.
- 29% of Housing First participants move into their tenancy within 50 days.
- 97% of Housing First households are single people.
- 40% of participants are aged 35-49.
- 69% of participants are receiving support from the third and independent sector.
Seven Housing First participants are employed on a full time or part time basis, and seven work on a voluntary basis.
The number of new tenancies started between 1 April 2021 and 30 June 2022 by local authority are:
- Scotland 419
- Glasgow City 53
- Aberdeenshire 43
- Renfrewshire 36
- West Dunbartonshire 32
- North Lanarkshire 31
- Midlothian 27
- North Ayrshire 25
- Dundee City 18
- Falkirk 18
- Aberdeen City 17
- Fife 16
- City of Edinburgh 16
- Stirling 15
- South Lanarkshire 14
- Inverclyde 12
- Dumfries & Galloway 8
- Angus 7
- South Ayrshire 7
- Western Isles 6
- West Lothian 6
- East Ayrshire 5
- Scottish Borders 5
- East Lothian <5
- Highland <5
The remaining five local authorities are not currently planning on delivering a Housing First programme due to scale or they have an alternative support programme in place.