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Shelter Scotland / England

Sleeping on the streets

This section is for people who are sleeping on the streets. It contains information about the services available, including day centres, outreach work and nightshelters. It also contains advice about safety on the streets, medical care and claiming benefits.

The section on what to do in an emergency explains your options if you are currently homeless, and has more information on hostels, nightshelters and other crisis accommodation. 

Housing laws differ between Scotland and England
This content applies to Scotland only
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  • Health and safety

    Sleeping on the streets can be dangerous and is a last resort if no other option is available. Get practical advice on what you can do if you have no choice.

  • Benefits and working

    Even with no fixed address, you still have a right to claim benefits. You might need specialist advice. Get help you to find work or a training course.

  • Moving off the streets

    This section gives information about getting off the streets and into supported or independent accommodation.

  • Where to go for help

    These organisations help people sleeping on the streets. They have specialist knowledge of the problems you may have and the services available.

  • Homelessness links

    This page lists organisations that offer help, advice or support for street homeless people.

Speak to a Shelter Scotland adviser

Call Shelter Scotland's free housing advice helpline

0808 800 4444
9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Email an adviser

You can also email a housing adviser. We aim to respond within three working days.

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