Shelter Scotland



Charity awarded £300k to provide hotel accommodation for rough sleepers

Simon Community Scotland has been awarded £300,000 of Scottish Government funding to purchase hotel accommodation to house homeless people in Edinburgh and Glasgow to keep them safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 23 March 2020

Letter to the Editor: Taskforce needed to coordinate coronavirus impact on homelessness

Ahead of tomorrow’s expected ministerial statement on the Scottish Government’s eviction measures, Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown outlines immediate actions required to assist rough sleepers and help prevent further homelessness.

Published 18 March 2020

Call to prioritise homelessness ahead of UK budget

As Rishi Sunak prepares to deliver his first budget speech as UK Chancellor, Shelter Scotland is calling for any unallocated funds which come to Scotland to be invested in homelessness.

Published 10 March 2020

Living Rent launches charter to end Universal Credit evictions

Tenants’ union Living Rent has continued its campaign for housing associations in Glasgow to commit to not carry out evictions stemming from debts caused by Universal Credit with the launch of a new charter.

Published 5 March 2020

Jessica Husbands: Hidden homelessness: Hidden from sight, from evidence, and hiding yourself

Hidden homelessness can mean being hidden from sight, it can mean hidden from evidence, and it can also mean hiding your true self in order to access services, explains Shelter Scotland’s policy advocacy officer Jessica Husbands.

Published 5 March 2020

Trade body’s claims of no link between short-term lets and housing crisis refuted

Shelter Scotland has rejected claims from a self-catering trade body that there is no link between Scotland’s housing crisis and the short-term letting industry.

Published 25 February 2020

Report outlines ten-point plan to prevent lock-change evictions

Immediate and fundamental reform of the asylum system is required to prevent lock-change evictions, destitution and street homelessness of some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland, according to a new report.

Published 14 February 2020

Jessica Husbands: New homelessness statistics show continued failure to meet statutory duties

Shelter Scotland's policy advocacy officer Jessica Husbands offers an in-depth analysis of the latest homelessness statistics from the Scottish Government.

Published 6 February 2020

Scotland records highest rate of homeless deaths in UK with 195 fatalities in a year

Scotland registered an estimated 195 deaths of people experiencing homelessness in 2018, the highest rate of homeless deaths in the UK, according to new figures.

Published 5 February 2020

Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown steps down

Graeme Brown has announced his intention to step down as director of Shelter Scotland after almost 12 years in the role.

Published 30 January 2020

Homeless rights in Scotland denied ‘on an industrial scale’

Scottish local authorities are failing to deliver their legal obligations to homeless people on an industrial scale according to Shelter Scotland in the wake of new official statistics published today.

Published 28 January 2020

New Alliance to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in Glasgow

Glasgow City Council is to establish a new Alliance to work towards its aim of achieving a 75% reduction in rough sleeping by the end of the year and ending it completely by 2030.

Published 27 January 2020

Edinburgh appoints empty homes officer

The City of Edinburgh Council has boosted its ability to tackle the waste of long-term vacant, privately-owned homes with the appointment of a dedicated empty homes officer. 

Published 22 January 2020

Concern as number of households in fuel poverty rose by 36,000

The number of Scottish households living in fuel poverty increased by 36,000 during 2018, though the level of extreme fuel poverty has continued to fall, official figures have revealed.

Published 21 January 2020

Shelter Scotland hails ‘major victory’ as it drops Glasgow homelessness legal action

Shelter Scotland has revealed its intention to drop legal action taken against Glasgow City Council over homelessness after the announcement of a historic intervention by the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR).

Published 15 January 2020