Housing First will be expanded in Scotland to prevent rough sleepers put up in hotels from returning to the streets after the coronavirus pandemic.
Around 200 people – including some who have no recourse to public funds – who were rough sleeping in Scotland’s town, cities and rural locations have been accommodated in hotels and other facilities left empty by the pandemic to protect them from the virus.
They will be included in Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder, which is celebrating its first anniversary today, alongside the 250-plus people who have already been given a tenancy alongside wraparound support for trauma, addiction and more.
The policy has proven a success in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Aberdeenshire with 90 per cent of people staying in the home they are given by the project.
“Partners involved in Housing First are putting the lived experiences of people at the heart of what they are doing and providing evidenced based responses to do what is right for every person,” said Housing Minister Kevin Stewart.
“In the current public health emergency, it is vital that we all build on the progress made as we seek to meet our commitment to end rough sleeping for good. I look forward to working closely with all involved in the Pathfinder, to ensure Housing First is available to all those who will benefit from it.”