social housing

Suitable, sustainable, supported: a strategy to ensure provision of accommodation for children and young people who offend

Providing suitable and sustainable accommodation for children and young people who have offended or are at risk of offending is critical to both social inclusion and reducing re-offending. This strategy aims to develop work with national, regional and local partners to prevent homelessness among young people who have offended or who are at risk of offending, and to increase their access to suitable and sustainable accommodation.

Discussion paper: RSLs and homelessness in Scotland

Over the last 10 years the role of Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in Scottish social housing has increased dramatically. This report looks at four main areas of the sector’s work with homeless people: housing homeless households; preventing homelessness and sustaining tenancies; providing supported accommodation; and RSLs’ engagement in strategy development.

Social landlords in Scotland : shaping up for improvement

Report summarising findings from the regulation and inspection work of the Scottish Housing Regulator and focusing on those areas where there is room for improvement in services for tenants, homeless people and other users of services of social housing providers.

Housing and economic development: moving forward together

This report aims to assist the Housing Corporation and its successor bodies in the development of policy and strategy, with an emphasis on: how future housing investment can maximise its contribution to economic development; and how housing and physical regeneration interventions can be integrated with, and complementary to, economic development strategies.

The Supporting People programme and mental health (Briefing 26)

Supporting People is a UK Government funded programme offering services to a wide range of people in need of assistance to live in their own homes or sheltered accommodation. This briefing paper sets out for staff working in mental health services the significance of Supporting People and the main issues it raises for them.

How can we make the housing market more stable for vulnerable households?

In July 2009, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation established a taskforce to address the root causes of instability in the UK housing market. Whether in a boom or a downturn, the shortage of affordable housing hits the most vulnerable households first and worst. These Viewpoints – commissioned as part of the programme and aimed at stimulating debate – provide two different perspectives on the kinds of reforms needed to provide long-term, secure housing for those least able to afford it.

Empowerment, racist incidents and casework practice

Casework practice is the process whereby, for example, housing officers, anti-social behaviour officers and neighbourhood wardens work with a tenant who has reported a racist incident to help resolve a complaint. This article focuses on the need for racist/hate incident case workers to be aware of the value of empowerment, and to be able to offer an empowering service when working directly with clients.

Getting a move on: addressing the housing and support issues facing people with mental health needs

Staff working in acute mental health inpatient units and supported housing projects often face difficulties in finding more suitable accommodation for their clients with mental health problems when the needs of these clients change. Service users stuck in inappropriate settings may be offered little choice of move-on housing, or may have to leave the area they come from to find something that meets their current needs. This briefing paper is the result of a recent study identifying a number of issues of concern in London, and suggesting strategies for tackling them.

Housing associations and home adaptations: making it work smoothly

This research and development project aimed to assist housing associations and local authorities to establish fair, efficient and effective arrangements for carrying out home adaptations. The report covers legislation and funding policy on adaptations; barriers to effective partnership, which included uncertainty about the law and guidance, structural factors and poor communications; and setting up an adaptation agreement.

Understanding the housing needs and homeless experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland: a guide for social housing providers and homelessness services

This guidance has been produced by the Scottish Housing Regulator in partnership with Stonewall Scotland and the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing. The guidance highlights the key drivers for addressing homophobic and transphobic harassment and gives a brief outline of previous work funded by Communities Scotland that highlights LGBT housing needs and providing guidance for social housing providers.