Housing was the first line of defence in the fight against COVID-19. It brought into sharper focus how linked our home, health and wellbeing are and the public health challenge posed by rough sleeping. And it showed how people and families who are in unsuitable housing, or with no housing at all, are put in harm’s way.
We’re proud to be part of the new Everyone Home collective, alongside our partners campaigning for housing and homelessness to be central to Scotland’s recovery from COVID-19.
We have formed a collective to protect the progress that’s been made and to protect the principles that must now guide next steps. We have also come together to bring forward ideas, knowledge and capacity for national and local partners shouldering enormous challenges.
This is the moment to think and act big. To put housing at the heart of Scotland’s national recovery from COVID-19. To build an ambitious public programme of housing options and opportunities. And to make the right decisions that will leave homelessness and rough sleeping behind us and get everyone home.
Today we launch our second route-map, setting out our ambition and method to end destitution and protect human rights in Scotland.