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SFHA members urged to help make Scottish Housing Day the best yet

SFHA Policy Lead Shona Mitchell calls on members to get involved in Scottish Housing Day 2019.

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It’s back! Scottish Housing Day is about celebrating the impact that housing makes to the lives of people and communities across the country as well as highlighting different housing options.

Scottish Housing Day, which will be held on 18 September, is about celebrating the impact housing makes to the lives of people and communities across the country, and, this year, we are focusing on housing as a human right. You can download your supporter’s pack here.

Housing is a human right. The right to adequate housing was recognised as part of the right to an adequate standard of living in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. However, this human right is not protected by law here in Scotland. We know that the Scottish Government is considering writing human rights into Scots law amid fears that existing protections may be eroded when the UK leaves the EU. This may include the right to adequate housing.

As such, SFHA joined other housing organisations to host a number of focus groups discussing individuals’ views on housing as a human right. We wanted to know what rights need safeguarded. Many others also completed an online survey covering the same topics, and we are most grateful to those who participated.

We are using feedback from the survey and focus groups to prepare a report for the Scottish Government which we will launch on Scottish Housing Day. We want everyone in Scotland to be able to recognise their human right to a safe, affordable, accessible home.

To register as a supporter of Scottish Housing Day and have your organisations logo featured on the website, visit this section of the Scottish Housing Day website.