Everyone Home Collective meets with Housing Minister

28th July 2020

Today Ypeople along with senior representatives from 27 charities and academic organisations in the ‘Everyone Home Collective’ will offer their support to the Scottish Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart MSP.

The Collective will be seeking reassurance from the Minister on aspects of the Scottish Government’s plans to prevent and address homelessness as lockdown measures ease and businesses reopen.

We will be discussing vital issues such as extending emergency legislation on evictions until April 2021; preventing a return to rough sleeping for people living in hotels; the role of private sector (PRS) landlords in tackling homelessness in future; plans to scale up Scotland’s highly-regarded Housing First programme, which is a way of ending homelessness permanently; support for people who do not have access to the full range of benefits or housing due to their immigration status, known as ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF).

The Everyone Home Collective is made up of a broad range of respected charities and academic organisations, who all share the common goal of working to end homelessness. Together, we have agreed a ‘triple-lock’ of measures to protect the vital progress that has been made in accommodating most people who are currently experiencing homelessness and to set out a framework for the next steps.

Today’s discussion will draw on these key asks contained in the Everyone Home Framework, submitted to the Scottish Government in May as a sector-wide response to Covid-19, as well as more recent developments and new information. The three themes are:

  • prioritise prevention, create as much housing capacity as we can now and make a long-term commitment to increase the supply of homes for social rent
  • permanently prevent a return to previous levels of rough sleeping in all areas
  •  no evictions into homelessness, the end of avoidable evictions and the threat of illegal evictions.

Janet Haugh, our Chief Executive at Ypeople, will be asking the Minister about the role that private landlords can play in helping to tackle homelessness.

“Ypeople has ended homelessness for thousands of people over the last two decades by supporting them into permanent homes in the private rented sector.

We need quality, affordable options to end rough sleeping and tackle homelessness. Working alongside a range of housing providers including private landlords to identify suitable accommodation is the right approach so that the Private Rented Sector can play a stronger role in a post-COVID recovery.” – Janet

Joining us at today’s meeting are senior representatives from member organisations Crisis, Four Square, Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers, Homeless Network Scotland, Simon Community Scotland, and the Scottish Refugee Council.

The next scheduled Route Map from the Everyone Home Collective on No Recourse to Public Funds and immigration status as it relates to homelessness is due to be published in August.

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