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Scottish Government publishes Housing Strategy to 2040 – Crisis Response

Today, Monday 15th March, the Scottish Government has released its Housing strategy to 2040 which aims to deliver on the Scottish Government’s ambition for everyone to have a safe, good quality and affordable home.

Housing to 2040 outlines a commitment to:

  • Continue to invest in the supply of affordable homes so they are available for the people who need them.
  • Roll out nationally a programme to facilitate access to the private rented sector for homeless households.
  • Develop homelessness prevention legislation to ensure public bodies across Scotland have responsibilities for preventing homelessness.

Responding to the announcement Crisis Chief Executive, Jon Sparkes, said: “We welcome the publication of the Housing to 2040 strategy and its focus on boosting affordable housing and ending homelessness.

“Over the past year Scotland has made remarkable progress in tackling rough sleeping. However, too many people still experience the trauma of homelessness. It is great to see the Scottish Government’s housing strategy commit to developing legislation which will ensure that people get the help they need to stop them from losing their home.

“Changing the law to prevent homelessness must be a priority for the next Scottish Government. We look forward to working with the Scottish Government to make this happen and ensure Scotland maintains momentum as a world leader in ending homelessness.”