Shared Spaces, Let’s Talk

The start of October will see the launch of the much anticipated ‘Shared Spaces’ report.  With the expansion of the Unsuitable Accommodation Order, the ongoing Rapid Rehousing Transition work, alongside the widespread rollout of Housing First, the sector is seeing fast paced changes in how we respond to people experiencing homelessness, or in need of alternative housing options.

Homeless Network Scotland commissioned and co-funded (with additional funding from Action for Children, Crisis and Turning Point Scotland) a qualitative research project led by Anna Evans at Indigo House which will seek to better understand:

  • In what circumstances, if any, is shared or supported accommodation the appropriate housing option for households experiencing homelessness?
  •  What should the shared and supported accommodation options required in these circumstances look like?
  • What is the likely scale of such shared and supported accommodation options likely to be in the future?
  • How well placed are local authorities and service providers to adopt these housing options at the scale required?

HSEU sit on the steering group for this work and are pleased to have been a part from the outset.  Fieldwork in the case study areas of Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highland and South Lanarkshire has taken place, with ongoing conversations with a further 120 people participating in discussions about how we best progress.

It will be important to keep this narrative alive upon receipt of the publication, so we are holding a roundtable event 21st October 14:00 – 15:30 (via Teams).  Anna Evans will be joining us to provide an insight into the publication, there will then be the opportunity to discuss this.   Click here to book your free place.