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  • Housing First Scotland - Annual Check-up 2023

    Created: 01/04/2024
    News/Events Category: General News
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    Scotland is currently in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis, a housing emergency, and homelessness figures are increasing. It is a highly pressured environment for people who are accessing the support services of Housing First teams. It is also a pressured environment for support staff, many of whom are dealing with vastly increased caseloads and post pandemic are witnessing a rise in problems with mental health or with drugs and alcohol.

    Key findings from the 2023 report

    • The number of Housing First tenancies continues to grow
    • The number of local authorities delivering Housing First has doubled since 2022 
    • Sourcing homes for Housing First is a continuing challenge, worsening in some areas due to higher pressures of the housing market 
    • Accessing specialist support services for mental health and recovery continues to present a challenge to Housing First teams 
    • Accessing funds to furnish properties continues to come mainly from Scottish Welfare Fund as a Community Care Grant 
    • Some areas and housing providers are finding ways to top up funds to allow new tenants to settle in a property with their basic needs met

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