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Comment: No Evictions to Nowhere 
What impact has the emergency legislation on evictions had on the recent reduction in the number of homelessness applications in Scotland? It is now vital that we proactively plan for no evictions into homelessness at any time. Read more here 

Walking the Walk: Lived Experience shaping policy 

All In For Change and Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness member, David Pentland, has been appointed as a Policy Officer on a two-year secondment from Homeless Network Scotland to the Scottish Government. David will work with colleagues across the Homelessness Unit and with the Change Team to deliver commitments in the Ending Homelessness Together action plan. Huge congratulations from everyone at Homeless Network Scotland – and more from David himself very soon! 

 

 

Housing First Scotland Conference Report now live 

Scotland’s Housing First Conference brought together diverse speakers and delegates from across housing, justice, health and social care. ‘Branching Out’ report packages up important take-aways from the event held over two days, which will shape what happens next. Read here
A new quality-check for Housing First in Scotland – consultation 
We are consulting on a new quality-check to help scale up Housing First in Scotland. It will underpin quality of Housing First support, fidelity to the principles and improvement of local systems. Have a look and tell us what you think here.

Next Homeless Network Scotland Member Event 14 July – book your 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, online event is an opportunity to share your experiences of driving change. Book your free place here

Homelessness in Scotland: 2020-21 statistics 

The latest Scottish Government Homelessness Statistics were published this week for 2020-21. Comparison with the previous year reflects the impact of the lockdown year and measures put in place. This includes an increase in the use of and time spent in temporary accommodation, a reduction in rough sleeping, fewer overall applications and fewer evictions from the private rented sector.   
Relax into summer at the Learning Lounge 
Catch the final Learning Lounge sessions before the summer break: Delivering support in a digital environment 6 July and Closer to home: a place-based approach to preventing homelessness 15 July. We are delivering bespoke training over the summer. How can we help your organisation? hello@homelessnetwork.scot with your requirements. 

New Social Lettings Agency launched in Aberdeen 

Aberdeen Cyrenians has launched a fresh style of letting agency based on private social letting and the Housing First principles. Settled: Homes for All will connect landlords to people who are currently in temporary accommodation. Support, in line with Housing First principles, will be offered for tenants to prevent repeat homelessness. 

Healthy Housing for Scotland 

Public Health Scotland has published a briefing on the fundamental link between housing and public health, intended to support the implementation of Housing to 2040, the Scottish Government’s strategy for housing over the next 20 years launched in March. 
Housing First Wales Conference    
Homeless Network Scotland is part of a network supporting Housing First across the nations and regions of the UK. Cymorth Cymru in Wales are hosting the Housing First Wales conference on 15 July, and we are pleased to be part of the programme. Register here.   
Glasgow Overnight Welcome Centre: report published 
Glasgow City Mission has published a report outlining experiences and outcomes for Overnight Welcome Centre guests last winter, replacing dormitory style night shelters with a city-centre hotel. A reduction in numbers and average occupancy compared to last year and 87% of guests moved onto positive outcomes. 

New Systems Alliance – Conversations that Challenge 

HNS are proud partners of the New System Alliance, working to change systems people experience going through tough times. Join the next Conversations that Challenge event, exploring ‘Risk’. Voice your fears and reservations, move forward positively ‘with risk’ in a way that puts people, not processes, first. 
SFHA completes Executive Team  
Aaron Hill and Carolyn Lochhead will join our strategic partner, SFHA, as Director of Policy and Membership & Director of Public Affairs & Communications, respectively. Aaron joins from the Welsh Housing Federation and Carolyn moves across from mental health charity, SAMH. Good luck to them both in their roles. 

Settled status deadline passes 

The deadline for EU nationals living in the UK to register for settled status has passed. The UK Government has indicated that extensions may be available in some cases. A new set of informative materials for organisations and individuals has been published by Just Right and are available here

Scottish Government Update

New Grant Fund for Tenants 
The Scottish Government has announced a £10 million fund, offering grants to tenants in rent arrears because of the pandemic. Details will be developed by the Scottish Government in consultation with key partners with the aim of the funding being available later in 2021. Read more at Scottish Housing News

Consultation on Scottish Social Housing Charter 

Scottish Government consultation running until 9 September forms part of the review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter. The Charter sets out outcomes and indicators to monitor performance of social landlords and local authorities as they deliver their duties to tenants, applicants and homeless households. 

Licencing Scheme for Short Term Lets 

Seeking to strike a better balance between the tourism industry and ensuring there is enough housing available in communities across Scotland, the Scottish Government has launched a consultation on a licencing scheme for the sector. 

In the News

Perth and Kinross Council ‘making great progress’ towards ending homelessness ambition
Scottish Housing News 02/07/2021
Perth & Kinross Council has taken a ‘Home First’ approach to tackling homelessness since 2017.

Rise in women sleeping rough is hidden crisis in England, charities warn 
The Guardian 30/06/2021  
Growing numbers of women are reporting as homeless in England as figures show rough sleeping in London has risen by 35% in five years.
 
Rent arrears grants as eviction ban ends in Wales 
BBC News 30/06/2021 
Tenants who have failed to pay rent due to the pandemic will be able to apply for a grant as part of a £10m package announced by the Welsh government.
 
Dundee homeless numbers increase as country’s figure shrinks 
The Courier 30/06/2021 
Homelessness statistics published by the Scottish Government on Tuesday shows Dundee City area as one of only four local authorities to record an increase in homeless applications from 2019-20 and 2020-2021.
 
Number of homelessness applications in Scotland fell by almost 10% during pandemic 
Inside Housing 29/06/2021 
The number of households in Scotland applying for homelessness assistance fell by almost 10% during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, latest government statistics reveal. 

Homelessness applications fall but households in temporary accommodation on the rise 
Scottish Housing News 29/06/2021 
Figures published by the Scottish Government show a 12% increase in households in temporary accommodation over the last year and fewer households presenting to local authorities as homeless.
 
Ten years on from the Christie Commission, it’s time to prioritise homelessness prevention 
Holyrood Magazine 29/06/2021 
The world has changed immeasurably in the ten years since the report’s release, but the need for a greater focus on prevention has not.
 
World-first e-cigarette trial to help homeless people quit smoking 
Scottish Housing News 28/06/2021 
A new trial that aims to find out whether e-cigarettes could help people experiencing homelessness to quit smoking has been awarded a £1.7 million grant. 

Festival inspires young people to pitch ideas 
The Herald 24/06/2021 
David Duke would have seemed an unlikely role model for a future generation of teenagers. Trouble at home sent him off the rails and with little in the way of qualifications, he ended up rough sleeping. Glasgow homeless charity fund man's hotel stay after murder fears

A personal story of hidden homelessness and its circular relationship with mental health 
Mental Health Today 11/06/2021 
In a self-feeding cycle, people experiencing mental health problems are more susceptible to becoming homeless, and the stresses of becoming homeless are more likely to amplify poor mental health. 
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