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Housing policy

Through our advocacy and influencing activity, we strive to bring about structural change. We want to make sure there’s a safe, affordable and secure home for everyone who needs one.

We are fighting for a better housing system that puts people first. One that delivers a new generation of quality social housing, and strengthens and delivers on people’s housing rights.

Homelessness statistics

Latest facts and figures about homelessness in Scotland

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Housing policy library

Reports, briefings, consultation responses and evidence for Scottish Parliament committees

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Local manifestos

Calls to action for political parties in Scotland’s four largest cities

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Policy advocacy priorities

How we influence and advocate for changes to legislation, policy and practice

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Our blog

Keep up to date with Shelter Scotland's news and views

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Housing advice

Accessible advice about housing and homelessness problems

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Scottish Empty Homes Partnership

Empty homes can be a burden on communities and are a wasted resource at a time when Scotland needs more homes.

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership is funded by the Scottish Government and hosted by Shelter Scotland. It exists to encourage Scotland’s approximately 46,000 privately-owned long-term empty homes to be brought back into use.

At a time of a housing emergency, every home matters.

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