Ending Homelessness in Scotland: Working together to think differently

Crisis brought together people with experience of homelessness, housing professionals, policy experts and international speakers for our first ever conference in Scotland in May 2017. The conference was part of the launch of our 50th anniversary, announcing our ambition to work with others in Scotland across the year to develop a long-term plan to end homelessness in the country.


The day was opened by a keynote speech form the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, who said: “Tackling all forms of homelessness must be a priority for any government. Here in Scotland we have made real progress in preventing homelessness, and we now have some of the strongest rights for homeless people in the world. But we know there’s still a lot more to do.

“Of course, none of this can be achieved by government alone, and we rely on the dedication and expertise of charities like Crisis. Together we’ve made a huge amount of progress, and my pledge to you is that we will continue to work closely in the years and decades ahead.”

Speakers included:

  • Rosanne Haggerty, Founder, Community Solutions, USA
  • Naomi Eisenstadt CB, First Minister’s independent adviser on poverty and inequality, former director of the Social Exclusion Task Force
  • Mel Young, President, Homeless World Cup and social entrepreneur
  • Ligia Texeria, Head of Evaluation and Research, Crisis
  • Jon Sparkes, Crisis Chief Executive

Presentations from the conference

Download the conference agenda (PDF).

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Read more about a plan to end homelessness.