The Problem

derelict flatsThere are over 45,000 households in Scotland that are homeless or living in temporary accommodation. The impact of not having a place to call home can be devastating for individuals, families and communities.

In recent decades the rate of home ownership in Scotland has more than doubled. However, the way the housing market is driven by profit means that large numbers of families and individuals cannot afford to reach the bottom rung of the property ladder. In short it’s clear that the current system of housing provision isn’t working.

It is widely accepted that a number of major social problems – from poor health to crime and unemployment – are caused or exacerbated by a lack of quality affordable housing. In 2009-10 there were over 22,000 children living in households accepted as homeless. We think that these numbers are unacceptable.

The situation is going to deteriorate for the foreseeable future due to cuts to public finances. The changes to Housing Benefit will have a particularly negative impact on some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Given the already depleted level of social housing provision the amount of affordable housing is likely to decline even further. Within the socially rented sector rents have increased by 53 per cent over the past 10 years. At the same time getting or maintaining a mortgage is becoming increasingly challenging with repossessions set to rise over coming years.

The state of housing provision in Scotland means that thousands of families wake up in Bed and Breakfasts or hostels every morning while hundreds of people sleep rough every night. Something needs to be done. Yet it is clear that neither the state nor the private sector is likely to have the means to fully tackle these issues. A new concept is needed to tackle Scotland’s housing crisis.

That’s where we come in. 


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The Caledonian Foundation is a registered charity in Scotland
Scottish Charity no. SC042872.
2 Lower Gilmore Place

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