Scottish Government delivers actions to tackle rough sleeping
Additional capacity for night shelters and extra staff to help get more people into accommodation are among the actions being taken to tackle rough sleeping this winter.
Recommendations to tackle the issue were made by the Scottish Government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group in November, and immediately accepted by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Since then, and backed by £328,000 investment from Scottish Government, Action Group members and their partners, organisations have worked to implement a number of actions, which include:
Housing minister Kevin Stewart said: “It is encouraging to see the actions needed to tackling rough sleeping this winter have been implemented at such a rapid pace. I am thankful to the organisations and councils that have been leading on this for their timely response.
“These immediate actions will ensure more safe and warm places to stay, and extra support for those who may find themselves at risk of rough sleeping this winter.
“Of course, our work does not stop here and the Group will now be looking at how we can end rough sleeping for good. We are absolutely committed to eradicating rough sleeping and ending homelessness – which is why we established the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group, backed by £50 million over five years to drive change.”