Influential charities have delivered a joint plan to end rough sleeping and destitution to the Scottish Government today in a bid to ensure people do not return to the streets after the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Everybody Home collective is made up of 19 charities – including leading homelessness groups like Crisis, Homeless Network Scotland and Social Bite – and they have joined forces to prevent a looming homelessness crisis in the country due to the disruption and economic hardship to come.
The collective are highlighting three key asks that experts and academics believe could permanently end rough sleeping – a ‘triple lock’ of measures to protect progress and underpin next steps.
A focus on prevention is one of their asks, with a call to boost housing capacity and make a particular commitment to increase the supply of social-rent homes, which have been severely underdeveloped in the UK-wide housing crisis. Everybody Home is also prioritising permanently preventing a return to previous levels of rough sleeping and called for no evictions into homelessness, the end of avoidable evictions and the threat of illegal evictions.
Scotland has a unique window to end rough sleeping and mitigate the impact of all forms of homelessness
Holyrood will also be presented with a framework for offering support to local authorities, private landlords, tenants and housing associations as well as a framework to support rapid scaling of Housing First across all areas in Scotland.
Housing First has been at the core of Scotland’s efforts to end rough sleeping once and for all in recent years. Earlier this month, Homeless Network Scotland reported that the Housing First Pathfinder had housed 250 people across Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Stirling and Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire in its first year. There is an intention to include around 200 people, who are currently being housed to protect them from Covid-19, in the scheme after the pandemic.