As Scotland pushes ahead building affordable housing at twice the UK rate, rough sleepers in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the central belt are to be allocated 475 homes. See:
Saturday’s Sleep in the Park with entertainment by Liam Gallagher and Deacon Blue had 8 000 people sleeping or attempting to, in Princes Street Garden, in sub-zero conditions. The money will be used to help families and individuals stay in their homes or find homes.
At the same time, Edinburgh’s EdIndex Partnership will help to make 275 homes available to homeless people and in Glasgow, the Wheatley Group has committed 200 homes for rough sleepers.
With the Scottish government’s strong commitment to ending homelessness and Housing First pilot schemes well underway, the situation is beginning to look promising. See these for more detail:
Josh Littlejohn MBE, co-founder of Social Bite, was particularly inspiring in saying:
‘Tonight, was the night when people from all walks of life came together in Scotland, to stick up for the most vulnerable people among us. This is the night that we collectively gave a voice to the people who have never had one. There are 11,000 homeless households in Scotland. When I think about all of the amazing different people, sleeping in this garden tonight, the one thing that strikes me about these statistics of homelessness is that they are not insurmountable. Scotland is a small enough country, a compassionate enough country and a collaborative enough country, where nobody has to be homeless here. If we put our heads together, we can wipe out homelessness in five years.’
I hope, I’m not overdoing this but, once more, do we see something a little different in the core values of our political leadership and in the majority of the people who live in Scotland? See: