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Housing First Scotland Seminar
Wed 10 May 2017, 09:45 – 15:45 BST
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Ending homelessness with housing…
Everyone in Scotland has a right to housing. Some people need more, which is where Housing First comes in. Housing First means rapid rehousing with resilient, flexible support that gets alongside people braving deep challenges to help make the changes they want.
So what’s stopping us?
The number of homeless households seeking help from their local authority has reduced over the last decade - while the most complex and extreme forms of homelessness, including rough sleeping, have deepened.
Our local homelessness systems are built on a ‘staircase’ approach where different forms of insecure and temporary accommodation are navigated before settled accommodation is provided. This is increasingly at odds with a significant body of evidence telling us that mainstream housing, as part of a community, is usually the best base for deeply excluded people to address issues and build their lives.
How do we move forward?
The wheels are already turning and consensus building that the Housing First approach needs to sit at the very heart of how Scotland tackles homelessness and rough sleeping. Where this has already been done to scale, homelessness dramatically reduces – with Finland and North America offering good examples.
The seminar will consider international evidence, clarify definitions, hear personal stories and the frontline experiences of Housing First support. Come along to explore with us how ready Scotland is to put Housing First, first.
The seminar brings together speakers with unique insights into Housing First and the opportunity to take part in smaller roundtable discussions – we’ll be ‘Starting Out’ with Housing First in the morning and ‘Scaling Up’ in the afternoon.
Housing First Scotland may be of interest to our integrated health and social care partnerships, local authority housing and planning departments, housing associations, academics and third sector organisations working in all our different roles. We warmly welcome people with experience of homelessness – and look forward to meeting social media friends and commentators with an interest in housing solutions.
We hope our programme provides a relevant focus for Scotland’s different parts and pieces – so please book your FREE place quickly, as spaces are limited!