Joined the campaign: November 2016
Who’s involved? The campaign in Glasgow is being led by the Glasgow Homelessness Network (GHN).
What has happened so far? Glasgow has the largest number of people sleeping on the streets in Scotland. Turning Point Scotland began developing Housing First in the city in 2010. This supported 22 people who were homeless and actively involved in substance misuse. There is now commitment from government and homelessness organisations to extend Housing First throughout the city.
The campaign in Glasgow has focused on changing the very roots of the homelessness system, to benefit people in Glasgow and across Scotland. Working at a national policy level, the work of GHN led to the launch of the Scottish Government’s Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan in November 2018 – this included major commitments towards increasing Housing First provision. A £10m investment from Social Bite and the Scottish Government has been made in the Housing First Pathfinder programme, which is now working across five Scottish cities including Glasgow.
What’s next? Glasgow has developed a city-wide Housing First model. They are beginning to close hostels and replace them with self-contained apartments for homeless people. In the first year they are aiming to develop 115 new Housing First units.
They will soon publish their Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan which will set out how they plan to meet their targets over the next five years. This will include: reducing time spent in temporary accommodation; eradicating the use of bed and breakfast accommodation; and reducing hostel provision.
You can follow their monthly progress on Housing First here.