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Organisations that can help when you’re homeless

The council must help you if you’re homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

Contact your local council’s homeless team

There are a range of other organisations that can offer support.

Homeless support

Across Scotland

Bethany Christian Trust

They can help you with services to prevent becoming homeless, crisis intervention, and housing and support if you’re currently homeless.

Check Bethany Christian Trust’s services

Salvation Army

They offer homeless services across Scotland, including accommodation and soup runs.

Find your nearest Salvation Army

Glasgow and Edinburgh

Homeless Project Scotland - Glasgow

If you’re based in Glasgow you can get support from the Homeless Project Scotland through their emergency phone line, soup kitchens and night shelter.

Contact Homeless Project Scotland

Street Support Edinburgh and Glasgow

You can find local homeless support services by using Street Support Network’s Edinburgh and Glasgow location pages.

Choose a Street Support Network location

Simon Community Scotland

You can call their 24 hour helpline for people experiencing homelessness in Edinburgh and Glasgow, or go to a drop-in hub in either city. 

Contact the Simon Community in Edinburgh or Glasgow

Crisis Skylight Edinburgh

Crisis could offer you support if you're homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Contact Crisis Skylight Edinburgh


Aberdeen Cyrenians

You can access their homelessness services and advice in the Aberdeen area.

Contact Aberdeen Cyrenians

Other support

Support for young people

Aberdeen Foyer

The Foyer network may be able to help you if you’re aged 16 to 25 and you’re homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Aberdeen.

Contact Aberdeen Foyer


Childline runs a free, confidential 24-hour helpline offering comfort, advice and practical help to all children and young people.

Contact Childline

Rock Trust

If you’re a young person who is homeless or at risk of homelessness, get advice and support from Rock Trust, as well as access to specialist services.

Contact Rock Trust

Drug and alcohol support


FRANK has a 24-hour telephone helpline and an online chat 2pm to 7pm each day, offering straightforward information and advice on drugs.

Contact FRANK

Scottish Drug Services

An online directory of drug treatment, rehabilitation and care services in Scotland.

Find a service in your area

Abuse survivors and victim support

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

A 24-hour freephone helpline offering confidential help and advice if you're experiencing domestic abuse or violence.

Contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Scottish Women's Aid

If you’re a woman experiencing domestic abuse, get support, information and a safe place to stay with Scottish Women’s Aid.

Contact Scottish Women's Aid

Find your nearest Women’s Aid Group


You can get support and emergency accommodation from Refuge if you are a woman or child escaping domestic abuse and violence.

Contact Refuge

Rape Crisis Scotland

They can give you advice and help if you’re a survivor of sexual abuse. Call their helpline or visit one of their 17 local Rape Crisis Centres across Scotland.

Contact Rape Crisis Scotland

Survivors UK

Advice and help for men, boys, and non-binary people who have suffered from sexual abuse and rape.

Contact Survivors UK

Victim Support Scotland

If you’re a victim of crime, you can get practical help and emotional support by contacting Victim Support Scotland’s helpline.

Contact Victim Support Scotland


If you identify as a man or you're from the LGBTQ+ community and you're suffering from domestic abuse, FearFree offers a range of support.

Make a referral at FearFree

Shakti Women's Aid

If you're a black or minority ethnic woman who is experiencing domestic abuse, Shakti Women's Aid can offer emergency support and advice.

Contact Shakti Women's Aid

Mental health support


Get free, confidential advice if you’re feeling depressed, desperate or suicidal.

Contact Samaritans


If you’re affected by depression or any other mental health issue, SANE offers practical information and support.

Contact SANE

Veterans support

Scottish Veterans Residences

If you’re a veteran of the UK armed forces and you’re homeless or at risk of homelessness, they offer accommodation and support.

Make an enquiry with Scottish Veterans Residences

Royal British Legion Scotland

Another charity for armed forces veterans and those currently serving, the Royal British Legion can provide you with financial, social and emotional support.

Get support from the Royal British Legion

Legal support

Financial support

There are a number of national charities you can contact for money and debt support and advice.

Contact the National Debtline

Contact Citizens Advice Scotland

Contact StepChange

Refugee support

Scottish Refugee Council

If you’re an asylum seeker or refugee, the Scottish Refugee Council can offer advice and resources such as day centres, soup runs, and drop-in centres.

Contact the Scottish Refugee Council

Other support services

Cruse Bereavement Care

Get advice, practical help and emotional support if you have been affected by someone’s death.

Contact Cruse Bereavement Care

Family Planning Association

You can access confidential advice and emergency help with contraception, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

Contact Family Planning Association

Missing People

Use this free, confidential 24-hour helpline where advisers can pass on a message without telling anyone where you are.

Contact Missing People

Last updated: 27 March 2024

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