Cyrenians has been announced as the lead organisation for a new fund aimed at tackling homelessness in Edinburgh.
Cyrenians Chief Executive Ewan Aitken said, “The Housing First Edinburgh initiative is a system changing development and we’re privileged to be leading the project in partnership with Turning Point Scotland, the Rock Trust, Street Work, Bethany Christian Trust, Gowrie Care and Barony Care.
“Homelessness is sadly still a real challenge within our society. Over the past 50 years we have developed a number of programmes tackling the various issues that result in homelessness in a people-focussed, holistic manner.
“Through Housing First Edinburgh we have an incredible opportunity to deliver a new bespoke programme in collaboration with our partner organisations for an initial two years.
“Together we will deliver the innovative Housing First model which uses home as the first step in combatting the causes of homelessness, helping individuals receive the support they need to regain their own independence and rejoin their community.”
Ewan continued, “Our aim throughout this period is to develop a support network for over 200 individuals, tackling the root cause of homelessness – whatever that might be for each person who needs our help.
“Through our partnership work we will empower people to feel more connected and included in our city, and support them to eventual independence.”
Patrick McKay, Operations Manager with lead for Homelessness from Turning Point Scotland said, “Turning Point Scotland, as early adopter of Housing First, are absolutely delighted to see this investment from the Housing First Scotland Fund. We value this opportunity made real by ordinary Scottish Citizens participating in the Social Bite Big Sleep, as well as significant funding from Merchants House of Glasgow. This funding will allow us to provide support and housing to vulnerable homeless people who would never have otherwise been given the chance to reside in their own tenancy.”
Alasdair Bennett, Bethany’s new Chief Executive said “We are delighted to be able to offer Housing First as part of a Consortium of providers in Edinburgh, and a national programme across Scotland, working together to end homelessness and supporting vulnerable people to sustain their own home with a good quality of life.”
Graeme Brown, Gowrie Care Area Manager added, “We are always looking at innovative ways of tackling homelessness in our areas of operation so are delighted to be partnering with Cyrenians, and other organisations, to deliver this new project in Edinburgh.
“We are acutely aware that homelessness can be a devastating experience for people and numbers are on the rise. We are happy to be able to bring a range of experiences to support the Housing First model, which has a proven track record in resolving homelessness for many people.
“With a long history of providing homelessness services in the city we are confident that our involvement with Housing First will ensure its success.”
To find out more about the Housing First project please visit: https://www.corra.scot/housing-first-scotland-projects-to-benefit-from-3-2m-fund/