Our collaborative plan to end homelessness in Scotland
Last year 8,000 people slept out on the coldest night of the year and created a sea change of momentum in the fight against homelessness. This year Social Bite are inviting 12,000 people to Sleep Out on a cold December night and accelerate the pace of change for Scotland's most vulnerable people. Alongside this event, we have commissioned a series of 3 comprehensive studies to give a framework for ending homelessness in Scotland to assist the direction of the Scottish Government and all 32 local authorities in Scotland.
By sleeping out this year you will be raising funds for some key interventions to help people directly out of homelessness. You will be funding a program for 800 rough sleepers in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen to get a mainstream property with wrap around support. You will also be funding two innovative programs to prevent homelessness when people leave the care system and the prison system, as well as a host of other initiatives.
As well as raising money to help people directly, you will also be campaigning both local and national government to bring an end to homelessness in Scotland. Read our key campaigning messages.
Below is our timeline for ending homelessness in Scotland.
Our Timeline Plan to end homelessness
Initiate collaborative movement between public, homelessness sector, Scottish Government and private sector.
Publish Social Bite Commissioned Study "Eradicating Core Homelessness in Scotland" by Heriot Watt University. This study will give us a funding framework for ending homelessness
Almost every single ground level homelessness charity in Scotland are contributing to the study in a series of focus groups to help us shape the plan. Download our full Heriot Watt Study - 'Eradicating Core Homelessness in Scotland's 4 Largest Cities'
Sep - Dec 2017
Galvanise pledges to 800 mainstream flats for a nationwide 'Housing First' Program
Raise a target £4 Million for Anti Homelessness projects.
Sep - Dec 2017
Work as a member of the Scottish Government Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group to assist in recommendations and commissioning more academic work to shape policy over next 5 years.
We will Invest funds raised on:
Housing solutions to end rough sleeping and temporary accommodations.
Nationwide jobs program for the homeless.
Programs to Prevent Homelessness for Prison and Care Leavers.
Outreach and engagement with the homeless community.
2019 - 2023
Drive momentum, fundraising and action until homelessness is eradicated in Scotland for good.
What we will invest the money raised on?
A Nationwide 'Housing First' Program
Social Bite have developed a nationwide program, where 800 mainstream flats have been pledges in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Stirling to bring rough sleepers off the streets and into a secure tenancy. The money you raise will help fund a "wrap around support" for these vulnerable people. This program not only helps this significant scale of people sleeping rough, but will help each of these cities re-structure their homelessness services away from unsuitable temporary accommodation and towards this more humane approach of rapidly re-housing and supporting people.
New Housing and Accommodation Models
You will be supporting the Social Bite Village project, the ongoing support of the residents there and the development of more purposeful temporary accommodation such as this in other cities.
Prevention of Homelessness
We will be funding initiatives to help young people leaving care and people leaving the prison system secure a tenancy and get the support they need. As will the Housing First program, these initiatives are designed to stimulate structural and political change in how we respond to homelessness.
Social Bite Food Provision and Employment
Your Funds will help Social Bite provide employment opportunities to people from homeless backgrounds in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Livingston and Aberdeen and distribute over 100,000 items of food and hot drinks out to the homeless community every year.
Academic Studies to Shape Strategy for Ending Homelessness
Social Bite have commissioned 3 comprehensive studies to shape and inform the strategy for ending homelessness in Scotland.
You can download each of the studies here: