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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-01714: Andy Wightman (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 17 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to meet the health needs of homeless people, and whether the cabinet secretary considers that their health outcomes could be improved by adopting a "housing first" approach.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 24 January 2018

The Group is now working on recommendations for ending rough sleeping for good and transforming temporary accommodation, which are due in the spring. The further development of the Housing First approach, which is already working successfully in parts of Scotland, will be part of this, along with advice on best use of the £50m Ending Homelessness Together Fund, established by the Scottish Government.

The short term Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group has moved rapidly to produce recommendations on minimising rough sleeping this winter, which are already being implemented in our cities with support from the Scottish Government, to help those that are most vulnerable to the detrimental effects that rough sleeping can have on their health.

The Scottish Government has taken a series of actions to address rough sleeping and homelessness, which will have a positive effect on meeting the health needs of homeless people.