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Give your say on how to tackle homelessness

 

Your view is sought

A team with personal experience of the homelessness system is gathering information during April and May asking how to end homelessness and wants to hear from all.

All in for change is a programme led by a change team who each have personal experience of homelessness and together are committed to ending it.

As part of a national conversation, the team is speaking to people who see first-hand how policy and operational decisions affect real lives.

The responses received will inform future conversations, both internally and when speaking with decision makers.

Jade Wallace has been part of the AIFC programme since it started, and said: “At times, change can seem slow, and I think it is important to reflect and remind ourselves that slowly but surely a difference is being made.

“For so long homelessness has been viewed as solely a housing issue and I think this is a great opportunity to engage with and inform as many people as possible, to hear different experiences, viewpoints and share what we know works.”

Change team was established in late 2019 and it has contributed directly to decision making with a permanent presence at Scotland’s Homelessness Prevention & Strategy Group (HPSG).

There are four new directions that guide the team’s work. These reflect Scotland’s high level ending homelessness together plan: people first; no wrong door; at home; and good vibes.

Taking these four New Directions as a guide the team are asking the following questions: has progress been made in achieving these? If so, where and how are they being achieved? If not, in what ways could they be achieved? What gets in the way of them being achieved?


Jade Wallace added: “The new direction I like best is at home. I truly believe that settled, secure, mainstream housing provided quickly is the best possible solution for people experiencing homelessness. I fully support the housing first model, and I have seen first-hand the multiple benefits of ensuring people are provided with a secure home when they need it.”

The quickest way to get involved in the national conversation is to complete the quick online survey, adding your experiences to our growing knowledge base, or even sharing the link with someone else.

Other ways to take part are by downloading our conversation starter and having a chat with someone you work with, or support, and by joining a workshop led by the change team and talking with others to help grow change.

 

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