Homelessness projects are the focus of more than £3 million of National Lottery funding that aims to prevent homelessness. In Glasgow and Edinburgh eight new partnerships have come together, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, which will work with people who have lived experience of homelessness to develop new projects. The funding makes up just under £7 million for 38 voluntary and charity groups across Scotland from Aberdeen to Ayrshire.

Projects receiving funding in the homelessness field are:

  • Crisis – £360,000
  • Shelter – £345,306
  • The Marie Trust – £499,332
  • YPeople – £498,332
  • The Homeless Network £490,705
  • Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers £150,000
  • Community Law Advice Network – £348,180
  • The Rock Trust – £500,000

Maggie Brunjes, Chief Executive of the Homeless Network, said: “All homelessness starts in a community. This award connects our expertise on homelessness with the experience of those who live and work locally in two communities – testing together different ways to prevent people becoming homeless in the first place.”

For a more information click here

Watch GHN’s David talking to STV about his experience and our ambition to prevent homelessness in Pollok and the Gorbals.


All In training, summer and autumn 2019


The next round of training from All In kicks of next month (4 July) with a course titled ‘Dance with Grace’ focusing on assertive outreach and homelessness. Outreach workers approach an individual unsure what the response is going to be – will they walk away or engage? This course explores the principles of good outreach, how to develop trusting relationships and the power of peer support, among many other topics. The course runs from 10am until 2.30pm in Glasgow.

For more information on this and other courses, or to book a place, click here.

Glasgow Alliance


On Friday 17 May Glasgow City Council published the invitation to tender for a brand new alliance –the much anticipated Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness. A development two-years in the making, it has been described as, ‘an ambitious systems-change programme,’ and has the aim of eradicating homelessness in the city.

In an innovative move, people with lived experience of homelessness from The Glasgow Homelessness Involvement & Feedback Team (GHIFT) will join Glasgow City Council to select up to eight strategic partners that will make up the new decision-making body, which will be completed by the end of 2019.

After the selection process is complete, The Alliance will work as one, sharing decisions and collective responsibility to achieve the common goals of providing services and support for people that is easy to access, effective, joined up and meets people’s needs. In addition to working together at a professional level, the Alliance will work in partnership with people who have lived experience of homelessness from GHIFT, statutory services, housing providers and others, to achieve a number of outcomes that are co-produced with those who really understand the issues.

Where homelessness has not been prevented, or people are at risk of homelessness, the Alliance seeks to ensure that every person affected will have an urgent response, with four criteria applied.

  • Tailored – support that is flexible, immediate and available for as long as it is needed. Respecting people’s ability to build their own life, supporting their own strengths and abilities and making sure choice and control is in your hands.
  • Local – the choice to be supported in your own home as part of a local community so that we can all live, work and use services in ‘ordinary’, not homeless places.
  • Realistic – helping you tackle the financial hardship that often causes homelessness will be as important as providing other types of support.
  • Co-produced – People with lived experience and other key partners will be involved in all aspects of the Alliance including: allocation of resources; design, delivery and review of services implementation, delivery and evaluation of the Alliance.

The Alliance also has both prevention and Impact outcomes. The prevention outcomes include reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness and to end rough sleeping for homeless Glasgow citizens. Impact outcomes include reducing stigma applied to people who are homeless, and reduce the rate of repeat homelessness in the city.

For more information visit https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=MAY354510

The World’s Big Sleep Out!


As part of an international effort to raise awareness of homelessness Social Bite will be a beneficiary and partner of The World’s Big Sleep Out; a global call to end homelessness, taking place in December 2019.

Scotland will play its part in hosting the Scottish leg with our very own Sleep Out in Edinburgh, continuing the popular event started by Social Bite in 2016, but this time part of a worldwide movement.

The World’s Big Sleep Out will stage flagship fundraising sleep-out events in Times Square New York and Trafalgar Square London along with a target of at least 50 towns and cities throughout the world including Chicago, New Delhi, Santiago, Dublin, Newcastle, Brussels, Barcelona and Madrid.

The global campaign aims to see 50,000 people sleep out on the 7th December 2019 to raise a target of $50,000,000 for homelessness and refugee causes worldwide. Partners for the campaign include the Malala Fund, UNICEF USA and the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH), who will be able to support a target of 1,000,000 homeless and displaced people with the funds raised.

For more information visit the Social Bite website here.

Scottish Government consultations update


The Scottish Government consultation on temporary accommodation standards has opened and invites responses up to 14 Aug 2019. The Programme for Government announced by the First Minister on 5 September 2017 set out a new commitment to eradicate rough sleeping, transform the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland and end homelessness. Views are sought on extending the seven day restriction to all people experiencing homelessness and introduction of a new standards framework.

We are holding a GHN Members’ event on the 27 June 2019 at GHN in Glasgow to discuss the consultation. If you would like to attend please contact claire@ghn.org.uk

Also on the Scottish Government consultation site a consultation on adding new categories to the definition of a House in Multiple Occupation is currently open until 8 July. This consultation proposes adding new categories to the definition of HMO in relation to transient workers living away from home.

Later this year the Scottish Government will publish proposals following its consultation on local connection and intentionality. This explores how to modify this power and duty, applied when people are being assessed as homeless.

The Short-Term Lets: Consultation asks for your views on the regulation of short-term lets in Scotland. There has clearly been a significant growth in short-term lets in a small timescale and the consultation sets out the factual background, describes the issues arising, outlines local authorities current powers to address them and presents an overview of regulatory approaches elsewhere in the world. Responses until 19 Jul 2019.

Save the date – Prioritise Prevention


Radisson Blu in Glasgow, Tuesday 8 October 2019

Our popular annual conference will be on Tuesday 8 October 2019, opened by Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning. The of this year’s event is homelessness prevention

Homelessness is devastating and has many consequences.  It is also understood that Scotland’s transition to a rapid rehousing approach can only be achieved within a stronger prevention framework. This conference will explore how we prioritise prevention and move towards a whole-system approach ensuring that we get better at building prevention into our long-term planning for health, education, justice, employment, welfare,housing – and more

On the day, we also want to showcase and learn from prevention initiatives already making an impact on the ground across Scotland. Something to share? Get in touch with us.

Serco Shock


This week, there was shock when Serco announced plans to restart a lock-change programme at the homes of up to 300 people seeking asylum in Scotland. See our joint statement with key organisations across the sector, led by Scottish Refugee Council.

A timely link to this important report published by the Destitute Asylum Seeker Service Partnership (DASS) – Pillar to Post  (PDF)

The report explores the severe impact of destitution on people’s ability to survive, access the support and services they need as well as pinpointing the high risk and the reality of suffering exploitation.

The research also sets out practical recommendation and the key interventions needed to mitigate and prevent this suffering, highlighting in particular that safe accommodation, appropriate to need, is pivotal to ensure safety. Only then can basic needs to be met, followed by key services to support each individual to make an informed choices about their future. The report highlights some key interventions to inform a practical-focused and model Scottish strategy against destitution.

The report was developed using a peer-researcher approach which involved the participation of people with lived experience. This enabled the researcher to reach people who are not in contact with any formal support, and also develop findings and recommendations which is truly reflective of people’s experience and daily struggles.

We would be very grateful if you can take time to look into this report and use it as an awareness and advocacy tool in your own work and networks.

Housing First Know-How


The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has teamed up with the Homeless Network to produce the first in a series of publications containing guidance and advice on Housing First for those working in the housing sector.

Housing First Know-How manual includes explanations on the policy drivers for Housing First, advice on making it work day-to-day and some real examples of how people working in the housing sector have approached the roll out in different parts of Scotland.

Callum Chomczuk, Director of CIH in Scotland, said: “We all need a home, and yet we have historically put up barriers that stop people accessing secure, stable accommodation. Some of those who are already homeless have had their situation made worse by services that are meant to help them.

“They cannot afford to wait any longer. That is why this manual for housing practitioners is so important. It provides instruction and support for housing professionals to deliver Housing First. Everyone deserves a secure home and the appropriate services to sustain their tenancy. Housing First does just that.”

Housing to 2040


In spring next year the Scottish Government will publish its vision for Housing over the next 20 years, and a route map showing how Scotland will achieve the objectives set out in that vision. As a foretaste the Government has published the views of more than 100 organisations involved in the housing sector in Scotland, with 800 individual responses received in a recent engagement exercise. The Scottish Government began talking to housing stakeholders in autumn 2018 and this latest report summarises the outputs from that first round of engagement. The report is available on the Scottish Government website here.