Housing First to take homeless from hotels into homes after lockdown in Scotland (GET, 7 May 2020)

  • Housing First in plan to take homeless from hotels into homes after lockdown

  • By Stewart Paterson. Published in the Glasgow Evening Times on 7 May 2020

  • Summary:

    • "Talks between Housing First and the Scottish Government come after the first one-year report into the initiative showed that more than 100 tenancies were created in Glasgow and the vast majority are still in their homes.

      Around 200 people are currently in hotels and B&B accommodation during the coronavirus pandemic and efforts are being made to ensure they all have somewhere to go after lockdown ends and hotels return to normal.

    • The Housing First Advisory Group said it is looking to “significantly scale-up the programme and prevent anyone returning to the streets who has been accommodated in hotels and short-term lets under current emergency measures.”

    • The first report shows that 252 tenancies though Housing First were created in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and Stirling in the last year.

      In Glasgow there were 117 and 92% of those had sustained their tenancies as of March 31 this year.

    • There were no evictions, and in Glasgow jus one tenant abandoned the property and two others moved on to another secure tenancy.

    • Homes were provided in Glasgow by Wheatley Group, Queens Cross, New Gorbals, Southside, Thenue and Govan housing associations and NG homes."

  • Keywords: homeless, Housing First, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, coronavirus, Covid-19, Wheatley Group, Queens Cross, New Gorbals, Southside, Thenue housing association, Govan housing association, NG homes