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Housing First Check-up

How we make sure Housing First is delivered across Scotland according to the principles plus tools to support councils and monitor progress.

Housing First Scotland Annual Check-up 2023

Homeless Network Scotland has published the latest Housing First Scotland Annual Check-up detailing the progress and challenges in delivering Housing First across 26 local authorities over the last year.

The report highlights an unexpected rise in children living in Housing First households, hinting at the potential for Housing First to reunite families – with all the benefits that brings for people, communities and wider society.

Overall, tenancy numbers are rising fast and tenancy sustainment is at 90%. But faster upscaling is needed to cope with huge unmet demand, while current funding arrangements are hampering delivery and staffing. And we need more houses.

As one respondent says: “Housing First is the ultimate homelessness prevention activity”.

The Check-up draws on extensive engagement with tenants, and housing and support workers to set out 14 priorities for change in areas such as funding, tenancy support, partnership working and staffing.

Annual Check-up 2022
Annual Check-up 2021