Housing associations play a vital role in tackling homelessness

  • Scottish parliament has been told that housing associations and cooperatives play a crucial role in the prevention and alleviation of homelessness. Out Of Luck...

    The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has told parliament that the sector plays a vital role in implementing forward-thinking homelessness legislation, reports 24dash.

    Speaking ahead of the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee Inquiry into Homelessness in Scotland, Andy Young, SFHA policy and membership manager, said: "It isn't simply a matter of providing properties and tenancies. Housing associations also prevent homelessness - or indeed, crucially, homeless applications - from occurring in the first place, by ensuring that existing tenancies are sustained. There are scores of excellent examples of tenancy sustainment initiatives across the length and breadth of Scotland. The reduction in eviction levels by our sector over the past four or five years is well documented and most welcome - this is despite some of the most draconian welfare legislation in history, seriously affecting tenants' ability to pay their rent. Strong partnerships between local authorities, housing associations, the private rented sector and the third sector are vital, while local flexibility is a major strength of the current arrangements for housing homeless people."

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