Happy Election Day – Holyrood parties back Housing First

There is cross-party support for Housing First on election day - and the Everyone Home Collective Route Map sets out what Parliament can do to end homelessness:

1) Prioritise prevention
2) More homes
3) End rough sleeping
4) Systems change
5) No evictions into homelessness.

National Conversation on homelessness led by
All In For Change

What are real-life issues faced by people at risk of or experiencing homelessness? Join a National Conversation throughout May led by All In For Change to find out if we are on the right track to resolving homelessness. Get involved by completing our survey here or downloading the conversation starter here.

Glasgow Alliance appoints Director

The Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness has appointed a Director, Mark Kelvin. Mark will support the Alliance Leadership Team in driving forward the plans that will re-shape Glasgow’s services to overcome the issues which cause homelessness and to mitigate its impact. Follow Mark on Twitter @markmakeslinks and the Alliance @gla_alliance

Rent arrears lowest in 12 months says Regulator

Latest data from the Scottish Housing Regulator shows RSL rent arrears have fallen to their lowest level since April 2020. Local authority arrears have also decreased and at an aggregate level rent arrears are at their lowest since May 2020. There was a 1% fall in households in temporary accommodation.

Are you up to date on homelessness legislation for the new Scottish Parliament?

Enter the Learning Lounge, by Homeless Network Scotland, in May and June for sessions aimed at building relationships, involving people in services and brushing up on the latest homelessness legislation and policy as we go into the new Scottish Parliamentary term over the summer. More information here.

Residents of Bellgrove Hotel supported during transition

The Belgrove Hotel in Glasgow’s East End has been bought by a partnership including Glasgow City Council and Wheatley Group. Partners are working to ensure that every resident receives a positive housing option with the support they want. The B-listed 1930s building will form part of the regeneration of Gallowgate.

The ideal homelessness law – new ‘open access’ paper sets out legal framework

A new paper co-authored by Prof. Suzanne Fitzpatrick and barrister, Liz Davies, who has expertise in homelessness and social housing, sets out proposals for the ‘ideal’ legal framework to address homelessness in Great Britain with potential lessons for other countries seeking to pursue rights-based approaches in this field. Read here.

Change Team Member, David Pentland – prevention is vital to ending homelessness

Following the Scotland Prevention Review Group findings reported in our previous newsletter, David Pentland from All In For Change explains in this video that the focus has to be stopping people entering the homelessness system in the first place, then changing and unravelling that system.

Scotland’s Housing First National Framework is online

The National Framework to start-up and scale-up Housing First in Scotland was launched at the Housing First Scotland Annual Conference. The Framework is for all organisations and sectors starting or scaling-up Housing First in Scotland, setting the context in which it can be successfully delivered. View the Framework here.

Save the date! Homeless Network Scotland
Annual Conference set for 5 – 7 October 2021

After the success of last year’s annual conference, the first to be held online, this years’ event will take place 5 - 7 October 2021. Look out for ways to get involved.

Scotland gets behind the United Nations Convention on
the Rights of the Child

If your organisation supports marginalised young people, then ‘Article 12 in Scotland’ wants to hear from you for a chance to let young people have their voices heard and potentially influence decision making. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the basis of all of UNICEF’s work. More information here.

Second Homelessness Prevention Pathway launches for all young people in Scotland

After the launch of the first Youth Homelessness Prevention Pathway for care leavers, A Way Home Scotland coalition has developed a second pathway for all young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Scotland. The Youth Homelessness Prevention Pathway for all young people can be read in full here.

Human Rights front and centre –
CIH view

CIH’s Callum Chomczuk looks at The National Taskforce for Human Rights in Scotland Leadership Report setting out recommendations towards establishing a statutory framework for human rights. The intention is that international human rights treaties will be recognised in Scots law.

National Trauma Training Programme (NTTP) webinar

A free webinar for anyone interested in learning more about the National Trauma
 Training Programme is on 14 May and is a repeat of previous sessions in Dec and Feb. The focus is to introduce and raise awareness of the work of the Programme and the resources available.

Third sector views sought on empty homes

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership wants to hear from third sector organisations with their thoughts on if and how they can use empty homes to help to meet their housing objectives.
The Partnership has launched a short survey that will take 5-10 minutes to complete here.

Spotlight on Manchester’s ‘A Bed for Every Night’ scheme

In a recent blog Dr Beth Watts reviews an evaluation of Greater Manchester’s A Bed Every Night. Introduced in 2018 to help prevent and reduce rough sleeping, as with Scotland’s Welcome Centres it provides access to emergency accommodation and support as well as help to access more suitable move-on accommodation.

SCVO funding open for Digital scheme

Applications are open to apply for funding under the SCVO 'Digital Champions in Social Housing' programme. It focuses on improving the lives of tenants in social housing through digital and aims to develop a network of 'Digital Champions'. Applications close at midnight 14 May. Find out more and apply here.

Dates for Your Diary

Tools, Tips & Techniques for Involving people in your Service

Delivered online in 1 x 3 hour session – 10 May 2021
Often individuals and communities who don’t have a common, collective voice and are typically underrepresented in consultation and the development of services. This introductory course is for both front line practitioners and those in strategic roles. More information here

Closer to Home: a place-based approach to preventing homelessness

Delivered online over 1 x 3 hour session
– 20 May 2021

There is already a network of services and systems for people who live and work with homelessness after it has happened. But this is often too late and sometimes too slow. All homelessness starts in a community, so a place-based approach to preventing it happening in the first place is key. More information here.

In the News

Formerly homeless Dundee man praises housing association support
The Courier – 04/05/2021
A formerly homeless Dundee man has welcomed a housing association’s commitment to helping vulnerable tenants.
Charities pull out of controversial homelessness scheme
Third Sector – 29/04/2021
Two charities have pulled out of a controversial UK government scheme being used to obtain data that could lead to the deportation of non-UK rough sleepers. The London-based homelessness charities Camden Routes Off The Streets and the Single Homeless Project pulled out of the Rough Sleeping Support Service after an investigation by the campaign group Liberty.
Glasgow Alliance announces new director to lead city-wide vision in ending homelessness
Scottish Housing News – 27/04/2021
The Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness has appointed its first Director. Mark Kelvin will support the Alliance Leadership Team in driving forward its ambitious plans.
Fall in number needing homelessness support after ‘no fault’ eviction notices
Glasgow Times – 22/04/2021
The number of households threatened with homelessness after their landlord served a so-called no fault eviction notice has fallen by approximately half in the past 12 months.

Plans to deport rough sleepers could ‘put lives at risk’
Big Issue – 21/04/2021
Homelessness charities have warned Home Office rules that threaten to deport rough sleepers could push them away from support.
All In For Change team kick-starts ‘National Conversation’ on homelessness
Scottish Housing News – 15/04/2021
A team with personal experience of the homelessness system are gathering information during April and May from every corner of Scotland
Jade Wallace: All In For Change team want to hear from you
Scottish Housing News – 15/04/2021
This week marks the start of an exciting National Conversation to identify and tackle the real issues faced by people at risk of or experiencing homelessness and find out if we are on the right track to resolving it once and for all.
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