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Scotland’s housing crisis: how can we fix it?

Event by University of Edinburgh’s Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability. 

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Thursday 1 February, 18:00 – 19:30 GMT

Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh

The UK housing crisis and homelessness is not just about housing stock, affordability and access; it is fundamentally about people. Those affected by the housing crisis include families struggling to pay mortgages and generation rent, as well as those without a home to call their own. It is about young children living in substandard, temporary accommodation who face upheaval every time the family are forced to move. In its more extreme form the housing crisis is about rough sleeping, the long term health effects of homelessness and the marginalisation of those who find themselves in such a vulnerable position within our society.

This Visions for Change event will explore Scotland’s Housing Crisis, outlining the key issues, and discussing how the crisis can be overcome.

Ewan Aitken, CEO, Cyrenians – Chair

Alison Watson, Deputy Director, Shelter Scotland

Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology & Assistant Principal Community Relations, University of Edinburgh

Fiona Cuthill, Lecturer in Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh

Paul Lawrence, Head of Place, City of Edinburgh Council

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Rachel.Chisholm@ed.ac.uk