Homelessness



Scottish Government accepts HARSAG recommendations in principle

The Scottish Government has accepted the full set of recommendations by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) in principle, housing minister Kevin Stewart MSP has announced.

Published 15 July 2020

New guidance on Section 11 processes issued by SFHA and Scotland’s Housing Network

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Scotland’s Housing Network have published guidance on Section 11 processes to help minimise tenancy failure and prevent homelessness.

Published 15 July 2020

Concerns raised over future support for homeless people subject to immigration control

Scottish Government ministers have again demanded that the UK Government suspend its restrictions in order to prevent homelessness and destitution among people who have No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) amid concerns that they will not be provided with post-COVID financial support.

Published 14 July 2020

Cycling Scotland supports Glasgow's homeless during lockdown

Cycling Scotland staff have been getting on their bikes in lockdown to support homeless people in Glasgow.

Published 14 July 2020

Government confirms continued emergency support for homeless people in hotels

Emergency funding to provide hotel accommodation so people who are homeless could safely isolate themselves throughout the coronavirus crisis will remain in place until they can be moved into suitable homes, the Scottish Government has said.

Published 13 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

Deeside Thistle Cycling Club raises over £2,000 for Aberdeen Cyrenians

Deeside Thistle Cycling Club (DTCC) has raised more £2,000 for Aberdeen Cyrenians by organising a “first-of-its-kind” virtual race.

Published 7 July 2020

Taylor Wimpey donates to Glasgow homeless charity

Taylor Wimpey has provided funding to Glasgow homeless charity Lights on G1.

Published 7 July 2020

Edinburgh calls on short-term lets to switch to tackling homelessness

Having successfully used short-term lets during the COVID-19 crisis to provide housing for people facing homelessness, the City of Edinburgh Council is now calling on the sector to help the city tackle homelessness long-term.

Published 6 July 2020

Jon Sparkes: HARSAG – what next?

Jon Sparkes provides a summary of progress from the latest Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) meeting last Thursday. Proposals for how to end homelessness in response to the coronavirus pandemic are now currently with the Scottish Government for consideration.

Published 25 June 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

Cash boost for Aberdeen homelessness charity

Homelessness charity Aberdeen Foyer has received a £5,225 cash grant from the Morrisons Foundation.

Published 25 June 2020

Highland Council reaches out to accommodation providers to help tackle COVID-19 homelessness

The Highland Council is inviting private landlords and providers of short-term lets, including Airbnb hosts, who may be interested in leasing their property to the council to get in touch in an effort to tackle homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic. Housing staff are interested in speaking to landlords and owners who have a self-contained property, without

Published 23 June 2020

Nationwide offers grants to housing projects as research reveals increased concerns for homelessness

COVID-19 has had a major impact on the attitudes and concerns towards those who are homeless, according to new research from Nationwide Building Society as it called on charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives to apply for community funding.

Published 22 June 2020