What is the housing emergency in Scotland?

1.5 million people are denied a safe, stable home. This is the housing emergency.

What is the housing emergency in Scotland?

1.5 million people are denied a safe, stable home. This is the housing emergency.

The housing emergency in Scotland is: 

13,097 households

in temporary accommodation.

7,130 children

in temporary accommodation.

755,000 people

are unable to heat their homes this winter.

1.5 million people

living in overcrowded, dangerous, unstable or unaffordable housing.

It’s more than rough sleeping.  

Too many people are forced to sleep on the streets and some tragically die there. Scotland has the highest homelessness death rate in the UK, almost three times higher than England. But you don’t need to be on the streets to be homeless. 

Too many people have no permanent place to live. People are living, and sometimes dying, in limbo. Sleeping on a friend’s sofa isn’t a home. A room in a hostel or dingy B&B isn’t a home. And families crammed into temporary housing, sharing bathrooms and kitchens with strangers, and sleeping and eating in one room isn’t a home.  

It’s the chronic lack of good quality social housing. 

Private renters navigate a minefield of increasingly unaffordable rents and poor conditions. Families are cramped into overcrowded homes and people are forced to pay over the odds for damp, mouldy or dangerous homes that are making us sick. The bottom line is the absence of good quality, affordable social housing is denying people across Scotland the chance of a decent home.   

It’s unjust.

 Injustice is embedded in our housing system.  If you have a disability, receive benefits, are a refugee or a person of colour you are more likely to face discrimination or struggle to find a decent home. 

The pressures of our housing system push people to the brink, and life is made even more difficult by a welfare system that simply doesn’t provide enough support to people when they’re struggling. Too many people are going without meals to pay rent or remain trapped in an abusive relationship to avoid homelessness. 

The fight for home starts now

We’re campaigning for social justice and a fairer housing system. We’ll never give up. We believe that home is everything.

Fight for home

We’re here for everyone, but only with your support

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