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The justiciable right to housing: Can local authorities deliver? - Glasgow

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Presentation given by Catherine Jamieson, Homeless Services Manager from the City of Glasgow, UK at a FEANTSA seminar on "Key elements for a successful local homeless strategy: How Europe can support …

Presentation given by Catherine Jamieson, Homeless Services Manager from the City of Glasgow, UK at a FEANTSA seminar on "Key elements for a successful local homeless strategy: How Europe can support local authorities to improve the fight against homelessness", hosted by the Committee of the Regions, June 2007


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  • 1. The justifiable right to housing: can local authorities deliver? Catherine Jamieson Head of the Glasgow Homelessness Partnership
  • 2. Introduction Challenges for Glasgow in delivering on homelessness – Scale of change – Budgets – Role of social housing – Bigger picture issues Can local authorities deliver by 2012?
  • 3. Scale of Homelessness In Glasgow 10,500 households per  39% lost accom because year family/relatives/friends 70% single people could no longer accom them 25% lone parents and families  22% priority of addiction issues 5% 16/17 year olds  18% priority dependant 27% 18/25 year olds children 4000 households  7% priority mental health homeless at any time issues
  • 4. Challenges for Glasgow -background Warehousing – especially single men Not accessing any support services Highly visible rough sleeping Very high levels of repeat homelessness Limited resources to make the change
  • 5. Challenges for Glasgow – thechange Led by Parliament Change programme partly funded centrally Fully committed to partnership working Change in direction for service provision - commissioned More decentralised services
  • 6. Challenges for Glasgow – thechange (2) Closure of large scale hostels Provision of new support services and accommodation Diversion from hostels Development of new joint assessments Reduction in repeat homelessness
  • 7. Challenges for Glasgow – thechange (3) Closed 600+ hostel beds Commissioned 518 beds in new supported accommodation projects Commissioned 23 Floating Support projects supporting nearly 4,110 Households Localised initial contact services
  • 8. Challenges for Glasgow – thechange (4) Added 500 temporary furnished flats to service (now 1600) Created a homeless health service Increased applicants rights – local challenges and national challenges
  • 9. Funding – annually for Glasgow Mainstream budget £29m SWS and £3m Health Hostel Decommissioning Budget £18m SWS and £5m Health Supporting People budget grown to £26m SWS direct contribution grown to £5m
  • 10. Changing Role of Social Housing inGlasgow Supply greater than demand High level of voids and unpopular stock Shortages of family and wheelchair housing Backlog of homeless households waiting for permanent accommodation
  • 11. Changing Role of Social Housing inGlasgow (2)  Attitudinal issues  Increase expectations on preventing homelessness
  • 12. Bigger Picture Issues Supply of affordable rented accommodation Supply and type of temporary accommodation Funding and resource issues, particularly Supporting People Grant – support issues
  • 13. Bigger Picture Issues(2) Corporate working – the role of other agencies in meeting the wider than housing needs of homeless people People from Abroad and homelessness
  • 14. Can Councils deliver 2012?Increasingly challengingbecause of: Increased prevention work expectations Ownership of homelessness issues across organisations Supply of affordable accommodation Political backing continuing
  • 15. Can Councils deliver 2012? The closer we get the more stark the challenges are!