Housing landscape in Scotland in 2009
25 March 2009
At the Scottish Health Council and Shelter Scotland’s joint conference on Wednesday 25 March, Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, sketched out the housing landscape in Scotland in 2009 and the important role of good quality housing for the health and wellbeing of people in Scotland.
Mr Brown pointed out that rough sleeping is just a fraction of homelessness and that we need to look at the system that is making homelessness persistent. He went on to say that with the recession now tightening its grip, repossessions are set to rocket; putting further pressure on the housing system.
Shelter Scotland is proposing two key solutions to the housing crisis – prevention of homelessness and providing more homes. Scotland needs 10,000 rented homes a year to meet demand and to ensure Scotland meets its internationally acclaimed homelessness target, which aims to give everyone the right to a home by 2012.