Measures to prevent homelessness are being backed with extra Scottish Government funding this year, MSPs were informed today.
Housing Options Hubs will receive £150,000 for councils refocusing services to look at individuals' housing options in the widest sense.
Council staff will provide households with information and advice about the range of services available, including those that offer support, and look to prevent homelessness happening where that is possible.
In Parliament today, responding to the recommendations contained within the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 2012 Homelessness Commitment Report, Housing Minister Keith Brown said:
“It is essential we do all we can to achieve our 2012 target of offering all unintentionally homeless households accommodation.
“Many councils across Scotland are enthusiastically embracing the housing options approach, where prevention is the main driver, as the way forward in the fight to tackle homelessness. This funding will enhance what has already been achieved.
“This Government has made clear our commitment to achieving the 2012 Homelessness Target. We will continue to work together with our local authority partners to meet these challenges by sharing ideas and practice and making best use of the resources available.”
- The Housing Minister attends the Scottish Government/COSLA 2012 Joint Steering Group, chaired by Cllr Brian Goodall from Fife Council, which has agreed to take forward a focus on homelessness prevention work, particularly the wider housing options approach.