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Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group

Role of the group

What we do

We provide strategic oversight and direction to the work of the Scottish Government and local authorities to tackle and prevent homelessness

We are responsible for:

  • embedding the prevention of homelessness activity with the general principles of early intervention, through a continued focus on the development of the Housing Options Hubs
  • strategically addressing the adverse impacts of welfare reform, specifically to promote understanding and develop and support good practice within the Scottish housing community
  • continued leadership at both political and corporate level promoting and improving partnership working between departments and services in local government, RSL and voluntary sector to address homelessness with a specific focus on promoting partnership work with Social Work Services and Health Boards
  • ensuring all housing providers (including Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and the private rented sector (PRS) work together to maximise the access of homeless households to existing stock


  • Chair: Councillor Harry McGuigan, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  • Minister for Local Government and Housing
  • COSLA Housing team, Scottish Government Homelessness team and Scottish Government statisticians
  • Graeme Brown, Shelter
  • Robert Aldridge, Homeless Action Scotland
  • Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE)
  • Zhan McIntyre, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA)
  • Neil Hamlet, NHS Health Scotland
  • Julie Hunter, Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO) and from North Lanarkshire Council and West of Scotland Housing Options Hub
  • Tony Cain, ALACHO