Shelter Calls for Homelessness Action Plan – SFHA Comment
Published by SFHA for Scottish Federation Of Housing Associations in Housing and also in Communities
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has welcomed housing charity Shelter Scotland’s call today (Monday 7th October) for a ten-year plan to focus on homelessness.
David Ogilvie, SFHA Policy Manager said:
“We welcome the fact that Shelter Scotland is calling for a long-term strategy to deal with not just homelessness, but also housing services in Scotland. Providing proper, quality affordable housing, is one of the major challenges which Scotland faces.
“As managers of half of all social housing in Scotland, housing associations and co-operatives know that the challenges for many tenants are greater than ever. A safe, secure affordable home is the foundation for so much else – not least good health, wellbeing and strong communities. That’s why it’s important that delivering sustainable housing services, responsible to the needs of communities, is given the political attention and resources it deserves.
“This means all those involved co-operating and taking a long-term view on the solutions which will help people in Scotland.”
The SFHA is currently campaigning for greater resources for affordable housing and energy efficiency in the Scottish Draft Budget 2014-15, currently going through Parliament (1).
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2. The SFHA was established in 1976 and has around 119 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. www.sfha.co.uk
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.