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Tackling homelessness and housing

Published: 20 Jan 2018 00:01

£1.6 million funding boost for projects across Scotland.

Grants totaling £1.6 million will fund innovative services aimed at tackling homelessness and improving housing, particularly for the most vulnerable.

17 projects successfully applied for the Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme (HVGS) 2018/19, which supports third sector organisations to deliver housing related projects and services.

The latest round of funding will fund projects which include support for people at risk of homelessness, enabling independent living for older people, disabled people and veterans, and providing support and advice services for refugees.

Among the successful projects is Rock Trust, receiving £47,000 to support A Way Home Scotland, a national coalition to end youth homelessness

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:  

“Tackling and preventing homelessness and improving housing is of utmost importance as we work to make sure everyone in Scotland has a safe and warm place to call home.

“The third sector plays a vital role in supporting many of Scotland’s most vulnerable people, who can be faced with anxiety over their housing situation and the possible threat of homelessness. These projects will offer invaluable advice and support to help tackle those issues.

“We are clear in our commitment to tackling and ending homelessness and recognise that this requires more than just the provision of housing as every individual has their own unique needs and challenges. That’s why I’m delighted to announce this funding, which will help provide support  for so many across Scotland.”

Rock Trust Chief Executive Katie Polson said:  

“We are delighted to receive an award through  the Scottish Governments Housing Voluntary Grant scheme. This will enable us to drive forward the work of the A Way Home Scotland coalition which aims to end youth homelessness in Scotland.

“The coalition will support organisations across Scotland to develop systems and practices  in their local area to ensure that young people are able to avoid, resolve and move on from homelessness using youth specific methods. The post which is funded will ensure that young people are leading the solutions and are able to share and develop them in each local area.”

Background

A total of 17 organisations will receive funding for 2018/2019. Grants are awarded to support existing services provided by third sector organisations to deliver housing related projects and services.

Further information on the Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme is available here online.

Organisations to be offered funding in 2018/19:

Organisation

Proposed funding

Project summary

Age Scotland

£ 94,000

Provide information and advice to older people 

Housing Support Enabling Unit (HSEU)

£116,000

Assist providers of housing support to have a voice in policy making

Legal Services Agency

£ 43,944

Preventing Homelessness Project extends the model of developing, testing and disseminating legal remedies

Move On Ltd

£ 25,000

Assisting young people at threat of homelessness through peer support & education

Housing Options Scotland

£257,431

Independent advice, information and support services on housing options, to disabled people, veterans and older people

Glasgow Centre of Inclusive Living

£ 49,000

National resource for disabled people who are looking for a suitable home in either the private or social rented sector.

Positive Action in Housing

£  53,000

Housing advice and  support service for BME people and refugees

PATH Scotland

£  85,750

Training and Education Programme for BME and refugee communities plus after care support to trainees.

Say Women

£  60,420

Offers safe, supported accommodation and related services for young women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault and who are homeless or threatened with homelessness

Scottish Churches Housing Action

£  59,000

Supports a range of services and activities including training for volunteers involved in local starter pack’s projects and befriending networks

Scottish Refugee Council

£132,000

Overcoming barriers facing refugees looking to secure their first tenancy, to improve the housing experience for refugees in Scotland

Scottish Women’s Aid

£  72,345

Tackling and preventing homelessness for women who are victims of domestic abuse

Homeless Action Scotland

£168,000

Facilitates national homelessness networks

Shelter Scotland

£183,000

To provide access to specialist legal expertise and representation on housing issues across Scotland

Scottish Homelessness Involvement Empowerment Network (SHIEN)

£  50,000

Ensures that service users across Scotland have as many opportunities as possible to influence the policies, practices and perceptions that affect them

Tenant Information Service (TIS) / Tenant Participation (TPAS) Advisory Service

(joint application)

£ 99,700

Develop tailored support to four new Regional Networks to advance their skills and influence national housing policy

Rock Trust

£ 47,000

Supports A Way Home Scotland, a national coalition to end youth homelessness