Homelessness



Serco and Home Office urged to halt lock change notices until legal clarification

A coalition of charities has urged Serco to bring an end to its lock-change evictions of asylum seekers, days before the private housing provider is expected to enter the first premises in Glasgow, until the legality of the action is clarified in law.

Published 10 July 2019

SFHA: ‘Support needs’ are a mandate for further investment

The publication of the latest ‘Homelessness in Scotland’ statistics highlight an “alarming need” for support for many of the most vulnerable people across the country, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has warned.

Published 1 July 2019

Jon Sparkes: Historic opportunity to end homelessness in Scotland for good

One year on since the Scottish Government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group finalised their report, Jon Sparkes from Crisis writes about the successes so far and the actions in the Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan.

Published 28 June 2019

Government urged to address ‘housing emergency’ as homeless applications rise to 100 a day

Homelessness applications in Scotland rose by 3% to 100 a day in the past year while the number of households and children in temporary accommodation also increased, new figures have revealed.

Published 27 June 2019

Emergency care van gets new lease of life from Bethany Christian Trust

Bethany Christian Trust has teamed up with local partner Edinburgh City Mission to launch its new Care Van at a dedication service held at the charity’s offices in Leith.

Published 27 June 2019

Sarah Johnsen: Overcoming barriers to healthcare for people experiencing homelessness

I-SPHERE Professor Sarah Johnsen describes how a flexible and relational approach helps to overcome many of the barriers that homeless people face when accessing healthcare. 

Published 26 June 2019

MSPs pay tribute to popular Big Issue vendor

A motion has been lodged at the Scottish Parliament which pays tribute to a Big Issue vendor who died earlier this month.

Published 26 June 2019

One in 28 Scots suffer from extreme disadvantage each year

Extreme disadvantage such as homelessness and substance dependency is experienced by one in 28 adults in Scotland each year, according to new research.

Published 24 June 2019

Hat-trick of Quality Scotland awards for Ypeople

Scottish homelessness charity Ypeople notched an impressive hat-trick of prizes at this year’s Quality Scotland Scottish Awards for Business Excellence.

Published 21 June 2019

Govan Law Centre highlights positive year for housing and homelessness assistance

Govan Law Centre (GLC) has highlighted the positive impact it has had providing assistance in housing, employment, debt, welfare rights and legal work in its newly published annual report.

Published 20 June 2019

Simon Community Scotland boosted by law firm donation

Homelessness charity Simon Community Scotland (SCS) has received a boost after the Glasgow office of law firm Irwin Mitchell raised £6,555 to support its work.

Published 20 June 2019

Homeless charity Move On boosted by Hillcrest’s £25,000 award

A £25,000 award which was raised through a special event by Hillcrest and donated to charity Move On last year has been instrumental in bringing brighter futures to a number of vulnerable and homeless people.

Published 19 June 2019

Lisa Glass: Making rights real – the new National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership

Shelter Scotland’s Lisa Glass responds to the Scottish Government's announcement of a National Taskforce on human rights and asks how can this improve things for those facing homelessness?

Published 19 June 2019

Fife Council tenants have say on homelessness

Fife Council tenants have formed a Panel to look at how the council’s housing service performs compared to other similar local authorities.

Published 18 June 2019

New partnership launched to prevent youth homelessness in Edinburgh

Rock Trust and Cyrenians are joining forces to deliver an entirely new local service to reach young people before they become homeless.

Published 17 June 2019