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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.

Call to Scottish Housing Minister: ‘Don’t just manage homelessness – eradicate it’

Rev Graeme Wilson, Convener of Scottish Churches Housing Action has written to Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing in the Scottish Government, calling for an approach that ‘seeks to eradicate, rather than just to manage, Scotland’s major problems of homelessness’.

Read the full text of Graeme's letter here.

The minister's reply is 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

hotcrossbun_with_action_cropped.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

Now we need your help.

To ensure our vital work can continue in the coming year, we have an urgent need for £12,000 - and we believe that with your help we can raise this money. 

Could you make a donation? Or even better could you give £5 a month? – that’s the price of two coffees per month. If 200 people make that commitment, we will meet our target.

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.

Read Miriam's thoughts on Homeless Sunday...

"What brings together the Union of Catholic Mothers, a group of enthusiastic sixth years and a motley bunch of J&P workers with their kids on a cold January morning?

"In our parish it meant it was Homeless Sunday as we worked together to highlight the issue of homelessness in Scotland today. Nearly 35,000 people are homeless according to recent statistics... 

read the whole blog here...

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