Homeless Network Scotland



Glasgow City Council seeks views on begging strategy

Glasgow City Council is seeking views on a new draft strategy aimed at helping vulnerable people involved in street begging in the city.

Published 25 September 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

Draft Glasgow street begging strategy set to go before councillors

A new strategy which outlines measures to help people involved in street begging in Glasgow will go before councillors tomorrow ahead of public consultation.

Published 2 September 2020

Homelessness in Scotland rises by 4% while use of temporary accommodation reaches record high

Charities have called on ministers to “uphold their promises” to homeless people and continue the structural systems change required to end homelessness "at pace" after new statistics revealed the scale of the housing emergency at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.

Published 28 August 2020

Consultation: Can we end destitution and protect everyone’s human rights in Scotland?

The Everyone Home Collective of 30 charities and academics concerned with homelessness in Scotland are inviting views and opinion from today on their latest Route Map, dealing with No Recourse to Public Funds and issues around asylum and immigration as that relates to homelessness.

Published 20 August 2020

Everyone Home unveils ‘triple-lock’ of homelessness mitigation measures in second Route Map

The Everyone Home Collective of influential charity and academic sector organisations working to end homelessness will start consulting from Monday on the second in a series of Route Maps designed to permanently end rough sleeping and destitution in Scotland as the country emerges from the pandemic.

Published 11 August 2020

Martin Gavin: Deciding how to help might be ignoring the obvious

Homeless Network Scotland recently made over 1,000 cash payments of £100 to people affected by homelessness, thanks to the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund, supported by SCVO and the Hunter Foundation. The one-off payment was available to households in temporary homelessness accommodation, or people who have recently taken on a Housing First tenancy. Martin Gavin, head of external relations at Homeless Network Scotland, explains how it came about.

Published 22 July 2020

Strategic partnership to reinforce social housing sector’s role in tackling homelessness

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Homeless Network Scotland (HNS) have today announced they will be forming a strategic partnership with the aim of strengthening the social housing sector’s role in tackling homelessness.

Published 16 July 2020

David Kidd: Lived experience takes a seat at top table

Services supporting people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Scotland’s biggest city will be transformed as the new Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness takes the lead role in co-ordinating services and prevention work. One of the most important parts of the approach to many is that its work will involve, as equal partners, people with their own lived experience of homelessness. Change lead at Homeless Network Scotland, David Kidd, explains the process.

Published 9 July 2020

Everyone Home Collective publishes first route map to guide homelessness sector out of lockdown

Night shelters and hotel rooms as a response to homelessness will be actively designed out over the next phase according to plans published today by a collective of 21 leading charities and academic sector organisations.

Published 25 June 2020

Martin Gavin: Ending the need for night shelters in Scotland

Today, 21 third sector organisations that care about ending homelessness in Scotland, known collectively as Everyone Home, (SHN 21/05/20) publish their first route-map to help guide the sector out of lockdown and the emergency measures put in place during March to accommodate people sleeping outside. Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations, Martin Gavin, explains more.

Published 25 June 2020

Martin Gavin: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’

The combined data on the Housing First Scotland Pathfinder programme is now available covering both April and May, when housing allocations all but stopped. Significant additional pressure across the public and charity sectors, including organisations delivering support to tenants, has been on a scale unseen previously. Homeless Network Scotland manages the Pathfinder and produces the normally monthly Tracker report. Its head of external relations, Martin Gavin, looks at what this latest one tells us.

Published 19 June 2020

Michelle Major: Telling it like it is to the housing minister

This week, Kevin Stewart MSP, Scotland’s housing minister, along with senior Scottish Government officials, had the opportunity to meet via video link four members of All in For Change, people with their own lived experience of homelessness. Homeless Network Scotland’s change lead Michelle Major co-ordinates the All In for Change meetings and facilitated this week’s video chat.

Published 11 June 2020

19 charities call for triple-lock to end rough sleeping

Nineteen influential charity sector organisations working to end homelessness will present a joint plan to the Scottish Government today based around three key asks that experts and academics believe could permanently end rough sleeping and destitution in Scotland as the country emerges from the pandemic.

Published 21 May 2020

Everyone Home: Martin Gavin, Head of External Relations at Homeless Network Scotland

Today, Thursday 21 May, 19 organisations that care about homelessness in Scotland will present a plan to the Scottish Government setting out what they believe needs to be done to end rough sleeping and tackle homelessness in Scotland. Martin Gavin, Homeless Network Scotland’s Head of External Relations, looks at the proposals and the impact of getting it right.

Published 21 May 2020