Homeless Rights Advocacy Project

A project to empower support agencies and grassroot organisations with the knowledge and practice to tackle homelessness in Scotland.

Homeless Rights Advocacy Project

A project to empower support agencies and grassroot organisations with the knowledge and practice to tackle homelessness in Scotland.

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Introduction to the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project

Fiona McPhail, Shelter Scotland's principal Solicitor introduces the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project

We are pleased to announce the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, an exciting new piece of collaborative work, funded by the Legal Education Foundation.

Throughout this two-year project we will be developing a range of resources to empower support agencies and grassroots organisations working on the frontline with homeless people.

By participating in this programme, we can work in partnership to enhance frontline knowledge and practice, enabling us to shift our shared aspirations in tackling homelessness. 

This project is funded by the Legal Education Foundation.

Logo of the legal education fund (LEF)

Practitioner Knowledge Forum

We will also be convening a practitioner forum creating a space for partner organisations across Scotland to:

  • Come together and share knowledge and experience of the issues affecting homeless people.

  • Learn from each other and developing best practice.

The forum will be facilitated by a solicitor experienced in both homelessness law and running strategic litigation. It will provide an opportunity for organisations to understand how the law can be used to effect wider change.

Who we are working with

Our partners* from the Everyone Home collective have agreed to participate in the project. We will work in partnership to enhance frontline knowledge and practice, enabling us to shift our shared aspirations in tackling homelessness. The project’s overall aim is to educate the support sector on homelessness law so that we can work together to provide more effective advocacy and representation for those most in need. By upskilling practitioners at the frontline, we can prevent escalation of cases to law centres requiring court action and solicitor intervention as a last resort. Those at the frontline can deal with homelessness issues at the earliest stage, through increased rights and legal knowledge. they are empowered to challenge the social injustice experienced by their clients every day.

*list of partner agencies

Rock Trust; Rowan Alba; Street Connect; Simon Scotland; Turning Point; Four Square; Glasgow City Mission; Street Soccer Scotland; Bethany Christian Trust; Aspire; Cyrenians; Scottish Churches Housing Action