Research into supported housing and homelessness 

Supported housing may be a temporary response to homelessness or a longer term solution delivered as part of the health and social care response to a person’s needs.  Whilst there is reference to ‘specialist’ supported housing in the HARSAG recommendations and in the national action plan Ending Homelessness Together the role of supported housing is being reappraised in the light of the rapid rehousing policy and roll out of Housing First.

Homeless Network Scotland has commissioned Indigo House to conduct research into existing supported housing and into what good looks like from the point of view of those who have experienced it, those who provide it and those who commission it.  The findings of this research will feed into the further development of the Scottish Government’s homelessness strategy and possibly guidance for local authorities and/or health and social care partnerships.

This research was put on hold earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The experience that some people have had of being supported to move away from rough sleeping into hotel accommodation will add to the range of perspectives the researchers will be able to capture and reflect on.

The Unit has been invited to take part on the research advisory group and has already contributed to discussions around definitions of supported housing as work begins on finalising the research plan. If this is a piece of work you would be interested in hearing more about please contact Yvette Burgess.