SFHA warns more work to be done to end homelessness
Radical change needed to tackle homelessness.
Commenting on today’s release of the latest homelessness statistics published by the Scottish Government, Sally Thomas, Chief Executive, of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said:
“With nearly 18,500 people seeking homelessness support between April and September last year, these figures give a clear warning there is more work to be done to end homelessness in Scotland. (1)
“The Housing Options approach has helped to manage the homelessness process, but we are yet to see real changes in the underlying drivers of homelessness.
“Providing more good quality, affordable homes is an important part of the solution, but it is not the only part. The figures revealing the time families are spending in temporary accommodation highlight that local authorities and partners need more resources to support people so that homelessness, if it can’t be prevented, is as brief as possible.
“SFHA is calling for a radical change in how we help people experiencing homelessness – so that there is ‘no wrong door’ – by extending powers to housing associations to undertake homelessness assessments and making additional resources available to help people in need.
“We are working closely with government and other stakeholders on this as part of implementing Rapid Rehousing and a range of other measures to eradicate homelessness.”
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- The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) was established in 1975 and has around 133 members providing affordable housing and wider community services across Scotland, as well as a further 150 sector associates. The SFHA is owned and governed by its members and exists to lead, represent and support the work of housing associations and co-operatives throughout Scotland.
- The SFHA is the voice of housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland. SFHA’s 133 members represent 85% of the sector, own and manage 86% of the 247,000+ housing association stock across Scotland. Together, housing associations and co-operatives provide housing for almost 500,000 people, which is one in every 11 households.
- Over 15,000 staff are employed by SFHA members across Scotland, 93% of the staff within the sector.
- Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies, regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.