Homeless Action Scotland is the National Membership organisation for homelessness in Scotland.
'A Scotland where everyone has the home they require and all they need to sustain it'.
Homeless Action Scotland exists to improve the conditions of homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless.
Our mission is to be the leading organisation influencing and supporting the development and implementation of effective policy and practice that meets the challenges of homelessness in Scotland.
What we do
Work with our members to prevent and tackle homelessness
Provide a voice for service providers to policy makers
Lobby Holyrood and Westminster for improvements in policy and law
Promote good policy and practice in local authorities and housing providers
Carry out and disseminate research
Provide regular good quality information of topical interest to our members
Provide training and seminars
Organise the annual Scottish National Homelessness Conference
Raise the profile of youth housing issues
Support the development of leaving home and housing education in schools, youth work and housing support settings
Carry out specific commissioned pieces of work on homelessness for our members
We have been in existence since 1974
During that period we evolved from a volunteer based organisation focused on ending the provision of traditional night shelters to a professional staffed membership organisation – part of the ‘second tier’ of voluntary sector bodies.
Historically, we focused on single people but we now seek to cover all issues relating to homelessness in Scotland. Scottish Government statistics show homelessness rose sharply during the late eighties and nineties. We exist to highlight the needs of homeless people and offer practical ideas and information to tackle homelessness. To do this, we work closely with our membership which includes local authorities, voluntary organisations, housing associations, health bodies, academics and individuals.
As well as providing information and training, we seek to influence both policy makers (at national and local level) and service providers by:
- Offering support to those implementing homelessness services and other services relevant to homeless people.
- Providing an information source for policy makers and other interest groups
- Acting as a vehicle to ensure the experience of front line services providers and service users is conveyed to policy makers and to allow service providers to share experience with each other.
We have participated in the Homelessness Task Force/ Homelessness Monitoring Group, Rough Sleepers Initiative, Health and Homelessness Steering Group, Supporting People Stakeholders Group and a range of other steering and consultative groups. Our members inform the views we take to all of these bodies.
How are we funded?
The support of our members is vital to Homeless Action. Financially, we rely on membership fees to maintain many aspects of our work. Equally importantly, our members provide the evidence and information we need to argue for sustainable solutions to homelessness in Scotland. We also attract annual grant funding towards our costs from the Scottish Government and local authorities. Funding for projects, research and other work has been raised from a range of other sources e.g. the Big Lottery Fund. We are also grateful for sponsorship that we have received to help fund our activities.
If you would like to donate money to us, as a one off, or on a regular basis, please make cheques payable to Homeless Action Scotland. Alternatively, contact Brenda to set up a payment, or call on 0131 337 8243. All donations make a real difference.