National Framework for Housing First in Scotland published

Just Launched! Branching Out: the National Framework for organisations and sectors starting or scaling up Housing First in Scotland. The 100-page easy to navigate guide sets out the context in which Housing First can be successfully delivered and draws from learning from existing programmes. It is a ‘how to and why’ guide to planning, commissioning and delivering Housing First.

‘Branching Out’ Scotland’s Housing First Conference 2021

We’re at ‘Branching Out’ the 2021 Housing First Scotland conference – and there’s still time to join us! Three themes across 2 days, an essential online event in partnership with the Wheatley Group to shape the next steps and launch the National Framework for Housing First.

Housing to 2040 – Scottish Government publishes long-term plans

Plans to deliver 100,000 affordable homes over the next 10 years are set out this week by the Scottish Government in a 20-year housing strategy titled Housing to 2040. The 77-page document is framed as: “A vision for housing in Scotland and a route map to get us there.”  Read more

Scottish Parliament passes Landmark domestic abuse legislation

The Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill passed in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 17 March following a debate in which all the Holyrood parties set out their support for the Bill.  Read more

Funding allocations for drug services announced

The Scottish Government has announced additional funding for drug services. Four schemes planned for May tap into the additional £250 million announced by the First Minister to tackle drug deaths. Four projects are aimed at reducing harm, providing treatment and saving lives.  Read more

Shared Spaces research update – book now for Members’ Event

The next scheduled Homeless Network Scotland Members’ Event is on shared and supported accommodation, including an update on the Shared Spaces research project, and takes place online on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

Trauma Informed practice toolkit up and running

The new Trauma-Informed Practice Toolkit has been developed as part of the National Trauma Training Programme. The toolkit is part of a suite of resources, that support the ambition of the Scottish Government, COSLA and many other stakeholders across Scotland for a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive workforce and services.

Universal credit report links benefit to homelessness

A new Scottish Government report states that the introduction of Universal Credit has contributed to homelessness in Scotland.
With the UK Government planning to end the temporary Universal Credit uplift in the autumn the report highlights how people’s homes may be at risk due to built in delays and sanctions.  Read more

Public perceptions guidance circulated to Scottish Media titles

A set of guidelines for the media in Scotland designed to influence the way homelessness is reported has been circulated to journalists setting out recommendations from a working group set up by the Scottish Government before the pandemic, including both policy and frontline organisations working in homelessness.

New analysis published – local connection consultation

Analysis is available of the Scottish Government’s consultation on a Ministerial Statement for modifying local connection referrals. The consultation last year was part of taking forward a key action from the Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan, published jointly by the Scottish Government and COSLA and updated in October 2020.

Frontline Network free online events in March and April

The Frontline Network, which is part of St Martin in The Fields, are running a series free events are open to frontline staff supporting people experiencing homelessness. Frontline Network works nationally and locally across the UK and with partners to support frontline staff, amplify their voices and highlight best practice.

Holyrood Election update

Supporting people without a settled address to vote in the Scottish Parliament election

On Thursday 6 May 2021 there will be a Scottish Parliament election, which anyone who is 16 years or over and lives in Scotland can participate in. The Electoral Commission has published guidance which can be used to support people experiencing homelessness to register to vote.  Read more

Cross Party Support for Housing First ahead of Holyrood election

Going into May’s election all the Holyrood parties have given their backing to Housing First. The policy is included in the Everyone Home Route Map highlighting five key policy areas to help end homelessness in a decade and calling for commitment to this objective across two parliamentary terms.

JRF in Scotland publishes findings of YouGov poll ahead of election

Poverty is the key driver of homelessness. JRF Scotland has published findings of a poll of 2,000 Scottish adults looking at attitudes to Poverty. It shows people in Scotland think tackling poverty is a key priority for the next Government and that they believe it is possible to significantly reduce poverty in Scotland. Read the full report.

In the News

Glasgow Times - 20/03/21
Glasgow charity bids to feed 500 additional Glaswegians every week

Scottish Housing News – 18/03/21
Causal link between Universal Credit and homelessness outlined in government report
Housing First Secures cross party support at Holyrood
STV Scotland Tonight – Thu 18/03/21 Interview with Dr Beth Watts, I-Sphere
Scottish Housing News – Thu 18/03/21
Third Force News – Thu 18/03/21

Scottish Housing News – 15/03/21
Shelter Scotland voices concerns over lack of suitable homes

 The Courier - 14 March 2021
Salvation Army warns there could be no money left for homeless support services

 Big Issue – 12 Mar 2021
Covid-19 vaccine: Scotland will offer vaccine priority to homeless people

 Big Issue – 12/03/21
All homeless people can be housed during pandemic
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