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MSP Briefing paper - Homelessness and Covid-19

By: Shelter Scotland  Published: August 2020


Shelter Scotland briefing paper for the Local Government and Communities Committee ahead of their evidence session with Housing Minister Kevin Stewart on Homelessness and Covid-19 on Friday 14th August 2020.

Summary

We believe more action must be taken or we risk losing the progress we have made on homelessness – and indeed potentially face a tidal wave of evictions, increased rough sleeping and an overwhelmed homelessness system as we head into the winter months, while the virus remains present in our communities. The evidence we currently have on increasing rent arrears, increasing unemployment, increasing welfare claims and huge uptake of crisis grants clearly indicated the impact of this pandemic, which will continue for many months to come, and it is vital we protect people from losing their homes during this crisis.