Glasgow leads the way to end homelessness

rough sleeping in Glasgow

Glasgow will play a leading role in a new global programme to end homelessness by 2030 involving diverse countries around the world and ultimately including 150 cities. The initiative ‘A Place to Call Home’ is led by Dame Louise Casey, Chair of the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) and former head of the UK Government’s Rough Sleepers' Unit.

The starting point will be the pioneering work of a small group of 12 cities spread across six continents working to achieve specific targets by 2020. Glasgow has been selected to join this group of so called Vanguard Cities.

Glasgow City Mission is playing a central role, using our experience of what works and what doesn’t work, to shape the group’s recommendations to end homelessness.

The news comes as Glasgow City Council confirms that a £23m budget for homelessness services will be co-managed by a new strategic alliance between the city’s Health & Social Care Partnership, the Homeless Network and frontline service providers.

The official announcement was made by Dame Louise and Councillor Mhairi Hunter at Glasgow Homeless Network’s Annual Conference this week.

Dame Louise Casey, Chair of the Institute for Global Homelessness, said: “We are impressed by the ideas and energy and the close collaboration between the public and charity sectors here in Glasgow. We believe this is a combination with the strongest potential to achieve the type of change that can be an inspiration to other world cities facing a deeper and more complex challenge.”

Councillor Mhairi Hunter, Chair of Glasgow’s Southside Central Area Partnership, said: “A national commitment to end rough sleeping, backed by a £50m fund over five years, has already been established. Glasgow at the front of this larger global effort announced today will provide inspiration, pace, but also perspective. We will be upfront about challenges to be solved and pragmatic and persistent about what it will take to achieve our ambition to end rough sleeping.”

The theme of the conference this year explored ‘No wrong door’, a new approach that aims to ensure that whatever service people arrive at looking for help is the right door to a rapid response. This is aimed at delivering help as quickly as possible to either prevent people becoming homeless or to resolve their housing situation.

Susanne Millar, Chief Officer for Glasgow Health & Social Care Partnership said: “We know that some people get stuck in our homeless system, slip through our safety nets, or opt out of them altogether. Housing First will be at the heart of making a better offer and making sure people get a better outcome. Our partnership with the third sector and with people with lived experience recognises that we share the ideas and answers and need to listen, learn from and trust each other.”

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