The Homelessness and Rough Sleepers Action Group, or HARSAG as it’s more commonly known, presented its final report in late June to the Local Government and Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart. He has not only confirmed that HARSAG’s recommendations have been accepted by the Scottish Government, but has also pledged that £21million of the Ending Homelessness Together fund will be used to prioritise Housing First and rapid re-housing, ensuring the approach at the heart of the recommendations made by the Action Group will be taken forward swiftly.
Russell Barr, SCHA’s Associate Convener, was a member of the Group, chaired by Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis. All 12 members of the group have given their time and commitment in equal measure to provide the impetus and expertise required to address the Government’s commitment to tackling homelessness.
To find out more about the Group and its recommendations please click here.