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Everyone Home marks one year with first Impact Report 

Everyone Home is the collective of 35 third and academic sector organisations concerned about homelessness in Scotland. Our first year has been marked with an impact report reflecting on achievements and challenges and preparing for the year ahead. Read the impact report here 

Lived Experience Leadership Opportunity

All in for Change is recruiting new members! Lived experience roles are paid at the Real Living Wage of £9.50 per hour. PLUS (we are so excited about this) a full-time secondment opportunity to join the Scottish Government homelessness team. All the details are here. Also, the Change Team want to speak to, and learn from, many different people from across Scotland as part of the National Conversation this summer, more here.

Open Letter to new Scottish Cabinet  

The new Cabinet has been announced, which includes Shona Robison MSP (left) Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government. Read our open letter to the new Cabinet and Ministers, setting out the 5 most important ‘known knowns’ that frame what has been achieved and should guide future direction in all work to end homelessness.  
Housing roundtable to discuss long term plans 
A roundtable on Scotland’s first long-term housing strategy takes place 15 June from 11am. From Housing Support Enabling Unit, and aimed at senior managers of housing support services, it’s an opportunity to discuss Housing to 2040 and explore how housing support / supported housing can contribute to achieving the vision. The strategy can be foundhere and you can book your place here.

Housing First Scotland Pathfinder passes 500 tenancies 

Housing First founder, Dr Sam Tsemberis (left), was one of the first to congratulate tenants and staff in the Pathfinder after the programme recorded 500 tenancies created since it launched, revealed in April’s data collected from the five Pathfinder areas. More information and the latest statistics here

Glasgow Alliance appoints Advisory Council 

The Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness (GAEH) has created an Advisory Council with experts from public health, social policy, housing and built environment. Members were invited to join because of the impact that they have had in their fields, locally and internationally – more here.  

ALACHO set to launch report on Human Right to housing 

ALACHO, which represents senior housing officers in local authorities, will launch a new report on 9 June designed to move the debate about the meaning of ‘adequate housing’ into the arena of policy, programmes and resource allocation. ALACHO will launch its report with CaCHE. Book a place through Eventbrite

Shared spaces research will report in autumn 2021 

Scotland’s wide-ranging research project into the future of shared and supported accommodation in a rapid rehousing context will report in the autumn, it has been announced. The ‘Big Conversation’ has connected with more than 300 people so far gathering evidence and insight. To find out how to get involved visit our website

Welcome to new members of Homeless Network Scotland 

Welcome to Churches Action for the Homeless and Frontline Fife. Remember you can also join as an individual member like Lawrie West, formerly a Frontline Fife board member and social care professional, who got on board in May. To find out more about membership visit the website or email hello@homelessnetwork.scot 
JRF briefing highlights support needed for renters   
Renters are at increased risk of losing their homes because of COVID-related debt unless thrown a lifeline with further targeted support, according to a report from JRF. Based on recent YouGov polling, it shows renters facing lower incomes and struggling to keep afloat. Read the full briefing from Deborah Hay at JRF here. 
USA based Frameworks Institute opens in Glasgow 
FrameWorks Institute has launched FrameWorks UK, including a Glasgow office. With extensive experience and expertise in researching and understanding social issues, FrameWorks UK helps “mission-driven organisations build support for change.” For more visit here or register for a webinar on 6 July about how to reframe almost anything. 
All In latest learning & training opportunities 
ALL IN is the social enterprise that’s part of Homeless Network Scotland delivering learning and training throughout the year. In June, we’re working with two councils ensuring the voices of those with lived experience are at the heart of policy. Find out more about our learning and training opportunities here

Scottish Government update

Eviction ‘ban’ lifted in most of Scotland 

Legislation preventing  enforcement of evictions from social and private rented sectors, with exclusions, ended in tier 1 and tier 2 areas on 17 May. Emergency legislation protecting against eviction will remain in place in tier 3 or 4 until restrictions are lifted. The Scottish Government has committed to keeping the measures under review. 
Unsuitable Accommodation Order exemptions extended 
The Scottish Government has announced that it will extend the current exemptions to the Unsuitable Accommodation Order to 30 September 2021. Read our five-minute briefing here

Scotland’s mission to reduce drug deaths 

The First Minister announced a new national mission to reduce drug related deaths and harms in January 2021. This is supported by £50 million a year for the next five years. The Government is making £18 million of this available through four funds. These funds are available now and multi-year applications are welcome. View guidance here

Priorities of Government Statement 

The Scottish Government set out its priorities as the new parliamentary term began. These include building 100,000 affordable homes by 2032, tackling rough sleeping and homelessness, addressing poverty, reducing drugs deaths, and investment in mental health. The Scottish Parliament’s internal research centre has published a report on some of the key subjects likely to be of particular interest in the coming Parliamentary Session. 

Dates for Your Diary

Next HNS Member Event 14 July – book free ticket 
As part of the All in for Change National Conversation, join Homeless Network Scotland and the Change Team to learn about our Four New Directions to help end homelessness in Scotland. This interactive event is an opportunity to share your experiences of driving change. Book your free ticket here

Centre For Homelessness Impact Forum 2021 

In 2018 Homeless Network Scotland co-founded the UK-wide Centre for Homelessness Impact, now an independent organisation and part of the ‘what works’ network, supporting the use of data and evidence to end homelessness. This year’s Impact Forum is from 7 – 11 June on the theme of resilience. Don’t miss ‘the view from Scotland’ on 9 June with speakers including our Chief Executive, Maggie Brunjes. Register here

In the News

Psychology Today (USA) – 05/06/2020 

New media research highlights widespread attitudes about homelessness in the USA.

Thousands of asylum seekers go hungry after cash card problems 

The Guardian - 03/06/2021 

Thousands of asylum seekers have faced hunger in the past 10 days because of problems with new cash cards given to them by Home Office contractors, according to Positive Action in Housing. 

 

Scottish Housing News – 02/06/2021 

Volunteers at North-East charity Aberdeen Cyrenians have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. 

 

Scottish Housing News – 02/06/2021 

For those needing palliative and end of life care, early intervention is crucial for helping people to live as well as possible, Ellie Wagstaff. 

 

The Guardian – 02/06/2021 

More than one in four Londoners in temporary accommodation due to homelessness are being rehoused out of their local area, with some placed in cities more than 200 miles away. 
 

A year ago Adelaide's homeless were housed. Now, some are back on the streets (Glasgow Alliance senior staff interviewed) 

ABC television Australia – 30/05/2021 

 

Scottish Housing News – 27/05/2021 

Following this week’s statement by the First Minister, those of us concerned about homelessness were reassured by the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to resolve the issue, including £3.5 billion to deliver 100,000 affordable homes. 
 

BBC News – 27/05/2021 

Shelter calls on government to build 90,000 social homes a year following a survey that around a third of adults do not have safe or secure homes, based on whether the accommodation was mouldy, structurally unsound or had sufficient bedrooms. 

 

Scottish Housing News - 17/05/2021 

Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder has created more than 500 tenancies with the addition of 25 added in April, a monitoring report released today has shown. 

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