10,000 homeless folks might be supplied with housing by 2026

SCOTLAND’S homeless folks might be supplied with 10,000 new properties by 2026, current figures from Wheatley Group have revealed.

The Scottish care and property-management group made a pledge to sort out homelessness in its 2021-2026 technique.

New figures present the group is on monitor to fulfill the determine in three years’ time, with 5773 folks already moved from the streets or short-term lodging and into a house.

Within the first yr, 2475 homeless folks got a house by Wheatley Group. In yr two, 2207 folks had been helped to discover a dwelling.

As much as the tip of August this yr, an additional 1091 folks have moved into their very own tenancy.

Knightswood, Garscadden in Glasgow
Knightswood, Garscadden in Glasgow

Wheatley Group has dedicated to giving 60% of its new lets within the central belt annually to homeless households.

As well as, Wheatley has turned 251 short-term furnished properties into everlasting properties for folks dwelling in them since June 2020.

They’ve additionally created greater than 369 Housing First tenancies via a multi-partnership set-up to sort out tough sleeping.

The Group consists of 4 Registered Social Landlords – Wheatley Houses Glasgow, Wheatley Houses East, Wheatley Houses South, and Loretto Housing – and has round 63,800 properties for social hire throughout the nation.

Wheatley Group Chief Govt Steven Henderson stated: “The significance of everybody having a heat, secure, and safe dwelling ought to by no means be underestimated.

“As the most important organisation nationally in offering inexpensive housing, we’ve got a transparent position to play in rising the variety of lets to homeless folks and households.

“Wheatley continues to guide from the entrance in serving to sort out homelessness throughout the nation, with over 5770 properties let to homeless folks and households since 2021 and we’re properly on monitor to fulfill, and sure exceed, our goal of 10,000 by 2026.”

A report final month confirmed homelessness in Scotland had risen larger than pre-pandemic ranges.

The information launched by the Nationwide Statistics Publication for Scotland revealed a ten% rise within the variety of households assessed as homeless to 32,242, up from 29,339 in 2021-2022.

Sharon, 53, of Midlothian, discovered herself homeless after her former non-public landlord put her rented property up on the market.

Sharon stated: “I have to thank Wheatley for giving me my perpetually dwelling – it’s superb.

“I don’t have any phrases that may sum it up. Together with my canine, this has saved my life and given me a future.

“I used to have my own residence, and a second property I rented out. Life was good.

“Then I fell on onerous instances. My marriage ended and my psychological well being deteriorated. I misplaced my enterprise and, with no household or shut mates round me, I had nothing.

“Life modified in a single day. It was horrific.

“I bought myself again on monitor and, as I couldn’t get a mortgage, I discovered a personal let. I used to be completely satisfied and settled for nearly 14 years.”

Nonetheless, a change in circumstances meant the owner needed to promote the property, leaving Sharon homeless.

In December 2022, Sharon was provided her personal tenancy with Wheatley Houses East.

She added: “I’ll always remember once I was instructed I used to be being provided a property. I burst into tears with the housing officer. It appeared unreal. I believed she was joking.

“If I was to talk to somebody in my scenario, I might inform them there may be mild on the finish of the tunnel and there are individuals who will assist.

“They need to communicate to organisations like Wheatley Group. They’ll assist. They saved my life.”