Sleeping on the streets and being homeless

This section is for people who are homeless and 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.

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Staying safe when sleeping rough on the streets

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 to stay safe if you have no choice but to sleep rough.

Claiming benefits and working while homeless

Even with no fixed address, you still have a right to claim benefits and look for work. 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.

Homeless centres and services: 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.

Help and support in Scotland

This page lists organisations that offer help, advice or support for street homeless people in Edinburgh, Glasgow and most other parts of Scotland.

Last updated: 9 April 2018

Housing laws differ between Scotland and England.

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