Winter Warmer: £50 cash for people in temporary accommodation in Scotland

*Applications are now closed.*

From today (Wednesday 20 January 2021) Homeless Network Scotland will be distributing a £50,000 Scottish Government emergency fund offering one-off cash payments of £50 for people who are homeless and living in temporary accommodation in Scotland.

People can apply directly, or support or advice workers can nominate for the ‘Winter Warmer’ payment on a first-come first-served basis by visiting

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart MSP, said: “I am pleased we have been able to fund Homeless Network Scotland’s Winter Warmer project. This funding will be used to help people with essentials, or just something extra, and is part of our £100 million winter support package, to support people with the additional financial pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, EU Exit and winter. We have also provided over £5 million for those at risk of or experiencing homelessness to accelerate rapid rehousing plans.”

A growing body of evidence supports direct cash transfers as an effective way of targeting support in a way that retains people’s choice and control. This is the second round of cash support from Scottish Government for people affected by homelessness since the start of the pandemic. In the spring of 2020 Homeless Network Scotland applied successfully for a grant of £100k provided as part of the Scottish Government’s initial emergency response to the pandemic, managed by SCVO and the Hunter Foundation. By June, over 1000 payments of £100 had been made.

Maggie Brünjes, Chief executive at Homeless Network Scotland, said: “We know that the pandemic has meant a longer stay in temporary accommodation for many, and we want this money to reach people who could do with it as quickly as possible. It won’t remove the most pressing problem, or reach everyone, but we hope it can ease some immediate pressure during the winter months. Our thanks to Scottish Government for enabling this considerate and effective approach.”

Apply directly, or for someone you support, here

For general enquiries email

Media enquiries, contact Martin Gavin, Head of External Relations at Homeless Network Scotland