Homelessness



Dundee homeless services transformed during coronavirus pandemic

Dundee City Council and local partners have transformed their homeless services to tackle the challenges of the coronavirus crisis and maintain support to some of the most vulnerable people in the city, the local authority has said.

Published 13 May 2020

Cyrenians FareShare depot in Leith redistributes record amount of food in response to pandemic

In the past month, the Cyrenians FareShare depot in Leith has redistributed a record-breaking 164 tonnes of food in response to a huge increase in demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 12 May 2020

Calls for homelessness prevention plans for early release prisoners

Any plans to stop prisoners from falling into homelessness after early release must be made public, according to Scottish Labour. 

Published 11 May 2020

Housing First marks first year with ambition for ‘rapid scaling up’ and prevention of post-COVID homelessness

A year after Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder was officially launched discussions are taking place between senior figures in housing, homelessness and government to significantly scale-up the programme and prevent anyone returning to the streets who has been accommodated in hotels and short-term lets under current emergency measures.

Published 7 May 2020

Martin Gavin: Checking the progress of Housing First

Today would have been the annual Housing First Scotland conference in Edinburgh, an event that last year attracted 350 delegates and speakers from across the world. The theme was going to be a celebration of the first full year of the Housing First Pathfinder, and today Homeless Network Scotland, which manages the programme, will publish the first 12-month Check Up Report on progress. Martin Gavin, head of external relations, pulls out some key points.

Published 7 May 2020

Unsuitable Accommodation Order extended to all people experiencing homelessness

A plan to ensure that everyone experiencing homelessness has access to suitable quality accommodation has been brought forward in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

Published 6 May 2020

Regulator to take account of coronavirus impact on unsuitable temporary accommodation

The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) will take account of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic when it assesses local authorities’ performance in complying with new requirements on temporary accommodation.

Published 6 May 2020

MSPs press Scottish Government on impact of COVID-19 on housing issues

Holyrood’s local government and communities committee has written to the Scottish Government regarding its response to COVID-19 and how it has impacted on issues such as homelessness, housebuilding, energy efficiency and short-term lets.

Published 30 April 2020

Centre for Homelessness Impact releases first publication

The Centre for Homelessness Impact has today released its first publication which advocates for a new movement that embraces data and evidence to end homelessness effectively, providing crucial methods to underpin future policy, practice and funding decisions.

Published 29 April 2020

Edinburgh church feeds homeless people during coronavirus pandemic

The Parish Church of St Cuthbert in Edinburgh has ensured that homeless people in the city still have at least one hot meal a week by distributing takeaway dinners at the foot of Edinburgh Castle.

Published 28 April 2020

Maggie Brünjes: An unfair pandemic

Maggie Brünjes, Homeless Network Scotland’s chief executive, looks at an unfair pandemic and the reasons why they are today publishing a new framework* to help redress this across homelessness policy and services.

Published 27 April 2020

Stay 'In the Know' with Homeless Network Scotland

Those who want to be ‘in the know’ with the latest information and intelligence on the homelessness sector’s response to COVID-19 can access a new chat room available from today.

Published 27 April 2020

Addleshaw Goddard announces new charity partnership with The Rock Trust

The Scottish offices of law firm Addleshaw Goddard have selected The Rock Trust as its charity partner for the next two years following a colleague vote.

Published 27 April 2020

Gillian Reid: Time for Change? Now more than ever!

Shelter Scotland’s Time for Change peers have helped shape the charity’s work at a local and national level, and bring invaluable lived experience to help its clients, according to national services manager Gillian Reid.

Published 24 April 2020

Amy King: Homelessness is a feminist issue

Amy King, digital officer for Ypeople’s sister organisation YWCA Scotland - The Young Women's Movement, looked after the digital channels at Ypeople for the month of March. Here she shares some thoughts on how homelessness is a feminist issue. 

Published 24 April 2020