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. The independent I
Amy Varle, a homelessness campaigner from Greater Manchester who was awarded a prestigious grant to help tackle homelessness during the Covid-19 pandemic, is launching a digital solution to address the issue at scale across Britain. Ms Varle, who lived in a hostel for young people whilst aged 16, be
A targeted and coordinated approach to support people facing homelessness in North Lanarkshire has resulted in a substantial reduction in people presenting themselves looking for accommodation over the last year.
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. Operating in five areas encompassing six local authorities (Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, Dunde
A unique art project for socially isolated older people, set up by Edinburgh-based Rowan Alba, will culminate in a one-day showcase of service users’ work at the Botanics later this month. View from the Inside is an exhibition of art and poetry created by the Rowan Alba CARDS (Community Alcoho
The first cross-sector advisory board meeting of the Cyrenians Keeping Families Together project took place yesterday to support children to escape the cycle of homelessness and residential care. Image credit Good Shepherd Centre
The Centre For Homelessness Impact (CHI) has forged a new partnership with Comic Relief to accelerate its work to bring a ‘what works’ approach to ending homelessness in more communities across the United Kingdom. Comic Relief will put £600,000 towards the partnership over a three-
Orkney Islands Council is facing significant challenges to permanently rehome households after a major rise in the number of people affected by homelessness during the pandemic. Councillors on the local authority’s education, leisure and housing committee were presented with a r
Homeless Action Scotland CEO Gavin Yates provides his take on this week's Programme for Government, in particular the proposals for rent controls. The Scottish Government’s Programme for Government announced recently had many eye-catching headlines.
More than 135,000 of the households in England who experienced or were at risk of homelessness during much of the pandemic also had other support needs, new UK Government statistics have revealed. The statistics show that from April 2020 – March 202
Colleagues from Scottish law firm Thorntons took part in the organised cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh on Sunday to raise funds for Social Bite’s new villages, which will house and provide support to people affected by homelessness. Olympic hero Sir Chris Hoy backed the ‘Break the Cycle&
Martin Gavin from Homeless Network Scotland takes a closer look at the housing and homelessness elements in the Programme for Government, published on Tuesday. ‘A Fairer, Greener Scotland’ declares the bold white typeface set against blue sky in the striking cover photograph for the 2021
Over 9,000 people with the most serious support needs, such as trauma, physical and mental health problems and drug and alcohol dependencies, are at risk of being trapped in a cycle of homelessness because there aren’t enough Housing First programmes available in England to support them into a