Scottish Federation of Housing Associations Comments on Latest Homelessness Statistics
Published by SFHA for Scottish Federation Of Housing Associations in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities, Local Government
Commenting on the latest Scottish Government statistics released on Tuesday 15th January which show a 13% reduction in the number of homelessness applications between July and September 2012, compared to the same period in 2011 (1), the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has urged both the UK and Scottish Governments not to lose this momentum by ensuring that the necessary funding for sufficient homes and adequate support is provided.
SFHA Policy and Membership Manager Andy Young said:
"The reduction in homelessness applications is testament to the preventative work carried out in Scotland, not least by housing associations and co-operatives. Tenancy sustainment is rightly at the core of our members' work. We would urge both the UK and Scottish Governments not to lose this momentum by ensuring that the necessary funding for sufficient homes and adequate support is provided.”
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2. The SFHA was established in 1976 and has around 170 members providing affordable housing and wider community services in Scotland, as well as a further 200 commercial members. The SFHA is owned by its membership and exists to support the work of housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland by providing services, advice and good practice guidance.
3. The SFHA is the voice of the principal builders and managers of new affordable housing for rent in Scotland. Housing Associations own and manage around 40% of the country’s affordable rented housing stock, over a quarter of a million homes across Scotland.
4. Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.