‘Housing First’ tenancy numbers continue to increase

ALMOST 100 new tenancies aimed squarely at people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness have been created between July 1 and the end of September this year.

The 97 tenancies are part of a Scottish Government programme called ‘Housing First‘, which provides housing first and asks questions later. A ‘Housing First’ approach is in marked contrast with a policy that allocates housing only after the prospective tenant has satisfied other issues such as addiction problems.

Since the scheme was launch in April last year, some 516 ‘Housing First’ tenancies have been created.

Says the Scottish Government, here: “From responses received through the monitoring framework, 25 local authorities are operating a Housing First programme at September 30 2022. A further two local authorities are currently developing Housing First programmes, due to start during 2022/23.

“The remaining five local authorities are not currently planning on delivering a Housing First programme due to scale or they have an alternative support programme in place.”

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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