Hostility halts schemes to provide shelter
Opposition from local communities to housing developments for homeless people is preventing schemes from being built, according to Shelter Scotland.
The charity said opposition to schemes designed to house homeless people was an ‘emerging difficulty' in Scotland.
The scale of potential new developments to house homeless people had ‘never been greater' because of programmes such as the rough sleepers initiative, it said in a tender document for contractors.
But there was a real risk that this development may be stifled, it added.
The document also raised concerns about the extent to which views about homeless services remain coloured by ‘very negative stereotypes'.
Shelter Scotland said its community engagement project in Dumfries and Galloway had highlighted that prejudice was a factor in all social housing development rather than just specialist schemes.
‘In some communities, even the prospect of mainstream social housing for rent prompts fairly bitter opposition.'
A Chartered Institute of Housing spokesperson said the delivery of affordable housing was hampered by
‘resistance to change'.
There was a need to ‘meet the needs of the most vulnerable by getting behind the hype and helping communities make more informed decisions about the provision of much needed homes', she added.