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There is “no time to waste” with Housing First in 2020

Posted On: 17 Jan 2020   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

The Scottish Government has hailed the success of its Housing First Pathfinder programme and vowed to work towards eradicating homelessness in 2020.
Housing First offers rough sleepers stable accommodation with wraparound support and is a key foundation of the government's action plan to tackle the problem.
The latest figures revealed that 173 people have been permanently homed through the scheme, which is funded by the government, Social Bite and Merchants House Glasgow, in Scotland since April 2019.
In December, The Big Issue saw the impact the programme is having first-hand when we met with Housing First tenant Christopher Middlemass who was delighted to have his own Christmas tree in 23 years. He said that “having this tenancy is the most important thing in my life. This is my cornerstone and my foundation to take my life forward.”
The programme is just one of the measures of success on the Scottish government's action plan to eradicate homelessness. Currently, 39 out of 49 measures were progressed in...

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