Extra funding for homelessness prevention work
Measures to prevent homelessness are being backed with extra Scottish Government funding this year.
Housing Options Hubs will receive £150,000 for councils to use to look at individuals’ housing options.
Council staff will provide households with information and advice about the range of services available, including those that offer support, and look to prevent homelessness where possible.
In parliament yesterday, responding to the recommendations contained within the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 2012 homelessness commitment report, housing minister Keith Brown said: ‘It is essential we do all we can to achieve our 2012 target of offering all unintentionally homeless households accommodation.
‘Many councils across Scotland are enthusiastically embracing the housing options approach, where prevention is the main driver, as the way forward in the fight to tackle homelessness. This funding will enhance what has already been achieved.’
All councils in Scotland must assess everyone who approaches them as homeless as in priority need by the end of this year.