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    A pilot scheme has been launched by the city of Edinburgh to help reduce homelessness.

    Specialist services will be delivered through a partnership with third sector organisations the Bethany Christian Trust, Edinburgh Cyrenian Trust, Foursquare and CHAI (Community Help and Advice Initiative), reports 24dash. Out On The Streets...

    Work is being done by the council, providers and service users in partnership with housing support services to place emphasis of prevention via mentoring, befriending group work and visits from housing support staff.

    The pilot aims to provide: Budgeting and debt advice (including rent, utility bills and fuel poverty), information about benefits (including changes due to welfare reform), advice about tenancy issues and housing options, links to employment (including volunteering, education and training) and help to avoid social isolation.

    The council’s housing leader, Councillor Cammy Day, said: “Taking early action is the best way to combat homelessness. It is vital that we act quickly so we can prevent more people from losing their homes and better protect their well-being. By working alongside our third sector partners, we can gain from their expertise and deliver the highest standard of support to those who need it across Edinburgh. This way we can tackle the root causes of homelessness and provide important advice on budgeting and tenancy issues, to build a better future for those at risk and help them to keep their homes.”

    Iain Gordon of SHAPE, the umbrella organisation representing the third sector partners, said: “Our hope is that this new way of working will help people who find themselves at risk of becoming homeless to be more secure in their homes, so that they can live active and productive lives.”

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    October 27, 2014 by Laura Matthews Categories: Homelessness

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