Temporary homelessness measures extended

Temporary homelessness measures extended

Shona Robison

Temporary measures to protect people experiencing homelessness from Covid-19 have been extended for three months.

The public health measures allow local authorities to use hotels and B&Bs to accommodate people experiencing homelessness and to keep them safe during the pandemic. They were due to expire on 30 June but will now be extended to 30 September.

Housing Secretary Shona Robison said: “Our priority throughout this pandemic has been to keep people safe from Covid-19. Temporary accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs can offer an important emergency safety net for anyone who finds themselves homeless, but it should be just that: temporary.

“We are doing all we can to ensure that people experiencing homelessness are not housed in unsuitable accommodation for any longer than is necessary. However, it is crucial that we help local authorities to keep people safe during the pandemic. We are extending these measures while the path of the pandemic remains uncertain, and will keep the situation under review. We will continue to work with councils to ensure they are supporting people from temporary accommodation into permanent settled accommodation.

“Scotland has led the way across the UK with almost 100,000 affordable homes delivered since 2007. As we set out in our Housing to 2040 strategy, we are working to build a Scotland where everyone has a warm, safe and affordable home, and have set a target of delivering a further 100,000 affordable homes by 2032, with 70 per cent of these for social rent. We are also investing more than £30 million to support councils to prioritise settled accommodation for all.”

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