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7 Nov 17: key facts on housing need and homelessness
November 7th
25 Oct 17: good progress in east lothian
October 25th
9 Oct 17: Former Moderator takes up role
October 9th
25 Sep 17: SCHA welcomes new action group on homelessness
September 25th
7 Aug 17: visit to Fresh Start Borders
August 7th
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We bring together the main Churches in their work to eliminate homelessness in Scotland. We connect the Churches with a major social problem, which affects some 80,000 people in Scotland each year. We link local problems of homelessness with national means of tackling them.


empty_flat.jpgHomeless Sunday 2018: 28 January

Scottish Churches Housing Action and Housing Justice jointly organise Homeless Sunday 2018, which takes place on 28 January. Through prayer and reflection, Homeless Sunday offers an opportunity to listen to what God has to say about homelessness, and to consider what action we are being called to take. Information and resources are available now on the Homeless Sunday webpage.

Our work for Homeless Sunday relies on donations - please help with a contribution, big or small.

And it helps us to know what you're doing to mark Homeless Sunday - making it the theme for your worship, holding an event, doing fundraising or whatever. Please tell us here.

Why you should support Scottish Churches Housing Action

“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast, which a woman took and hid in a bushel of wheat flour until the yeast had worked its way through all the dough.”                                            Matthew 13:33

rising_loaf.jpgScottish Churches Housing Action works like yeast…we are a crucial ingredient in the Scottish churches’ work to tackle homelessness.

Like yeast, our work gets things going:

we provide expertise to start volunteering projects to help homeless people
we encourage churches to make surplus property available for affordable housing.

We need your help to support this work. Could you make a donation? Or even better could you give £5 a month? – that’s the price of two coffees per month.

What do we do with your money?

We are changemakers. With our support, some 30 starter pack schemes are now active across Scotland. Starting by supporting Fresh Start in Edinburgh in 1998, we have developed many projects, in the cities and in rural areas – because homelessness exists in every part of the country, and because churches have proved they are there to meet the need.

Starter packs provide the basics – practical things like pots and pans, towels and duvets, light bulbs and toilet rolls. Everyone needs these, but homeless people don’t have the money to go and kit themselves out.

Our approach is: come up with an idea - mobilise local churches - deliver a new initiative - move on and do more elsewhere.

‘Move on’ is an important part of our work – we get things started, but local control is the key to success.

So when you help us, you’re giving us the yeast – the ingredient that puts life into flour, water and salt.

Scottish Churches Housing Action's latest Our Homeless Neighbour newsletter is out now. Download it here.

In memoriam: Diane Beckett

13 July 1959 - 24 October 2017

We at Scottish Churches Housing Action are sad to announce the death of our colleague and friend Diane Beckett, in a road traffic accident on the evening of Tuesday 24 October.

Diane, our Development Manager, joined SCHA in June 2000. She covered the whole of Scotland, supporting local volunteer action to tackle homelessness. Her commitment and enthusiasm were infectious. We will miss her, as will the many people whose lives she touched.

Diane's funeral was held at Daldowie Crematorium on Wed 8 November, led by Barbara Ogilvie. Tributes were given by Diane's daughter Amy Beckett, and by Alastair Cameron.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her two daughters, her parents, and the wider family.

Rev Graeme Wilson, Convener
Alastair Cameron, Chief Executive

we are recruiting

Scottish Churches Housing Action are looking for our next Chief Executive, based in Edinburgh.

Starting salary: £39k.

The post offers the opportunity to lead SCHA at a time of change, assessing the potential for new work, and building a strong financial base.

Visit our page at Goodmoves for full details, or download the job details here.

Map of SCHA's location