Third Sector Homelessness Fund
The Third Sector Homelessness Fund is a three year £4.5 million fund for third sector organisations delivering frontline homelessness services in Scotland.
The purpose of the Third Sector Homelessness Fund is to support third sector organisations to innovate and transform the services they provide to people in line with the Scottish Government’s updated Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan and local authorities’ Rapid Rehousing Transitions Plans.
The Third Sector Homelessness Fund aims to:
- Support the programme of systematic transformational change set out in the Ending Homelessness Together High-Level Action Plan.
- Support third sector organisations as they adapt to the transition that local authorities are undertaking to a rapid rehousing model.
- Build cross sector collaboration between third sector organisations, local authorities and other statutory services.
- Trial different and innovative approaches to service delivery.
- Ensure that programmes are well evaluated and that learning from successful approaches is shared amongst stakeholders in the homelessness sector.
This funding for 2020-23 was announced as part of the 2019 Programme for Government following a decision to close the Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme by March 2020. This scheme provides funding to third sector organisations to deliver housing related services and projects in Scotland.
However, due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and its impact on homelessness organisations and charities across Scotland, the then Cabinet Secretary and Minister for Housing agreed to postpone announcing funding decisions for year one of the Third Sector Homelessness Fund. The decision was taken to instead provide a funding extension to 2019 recipients of the Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme in 2020-21 and 2021-22, resourced through the Third Sector Homelessness Fund. Organisations that benefitted from this funding extension are:
|Homeless Action Scotland||Housing Options: Homelessness prevention, policy and practice||£168,000|
|Homeless Network Scotland||Scottish Homelessness Involvement and Empowerment Network (SHIEN)||£50,000|
|Legal Services Agency||Preventing Homelessness Project (In-Court Representation Project)||£43,944|
|Positive Action in Housing||Multilingual Homelessness Advice and Information Service||£53,000|
|Rock Trust, The||A Way Home||£47,000|
|SAY Women||Accommodation Project and Resource Service||£59,920|
|Scottish Churches Housing Action||Volunteering, Consultancy and Training Skills Programme||£59,000|
|Scottish Refugee Council||Housing Integration Project||£132,000|
|Scottish Woman’s Aid||Prevention of women and children’s homelessness||£72,345|
|Shelter Scotland||Scottish Housing Law Service||£183,000|
|Total Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme for 2020-21||£868,209|
The Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme will close on 31 March 2022 and organisations are being supported to secure other sources of funding or establish exit plans.
Organisations that are in receipt of support from the Third Sector Homelessness Fund in 2021-22 and 2022-23 are:
|Aberdeen Cyrenians||Settled: Homes for All||£90,890.92|
|Action for Children||Youth Housing First model||£73,332|
|Calman Trust||Instant Housing Answers||£75,000|
|Community Law Advice Network (Clan Childlaw Ltd)||CLAN Childlaw Scottish Care Leavers Housing Advice Service||£91,163|
|Frontline Fife Homelessness Services||Beyond the School Gates||£66,362|
|Govan Law Centre||Crisis Navigator Intervention Service for women and children experiencing domestic abuse and VAWG||£73,149|
|Housing Options Scotland||Homeless Housing Options (HHO) for disabled and older people||£79,555|
|Legal Services Agency||Preventing Homelessness Project||£51,209.50|
|LinkLiving Ltd||Transform Through Transition project, providing mental health and independent living skills courses to PSL tenants||£69,759|
|New Start Highland||Rapid Rehousing Furniture Service||£59,456.65|
|Open Door Accommodation Project||Breaking the Cycle-Community Outreach Project||£36,230|
|Quarriers||Counselling Support Project||£71,727|
|Rowan Alba||R’ House||£34,752|
|SAY Women||Preventing and responding to homelessness among survivors of childhood sexual abuse||£37,140|
|Scottish Refugee Council||Ending Homelessness for New Scots||£55,964|
|SeAscape (South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness Ltd)||I’M IN! early intervention project||£68,773.17|
|Shelter Scotland||PRS Homelessness Prevention in Dundee||£74,907|
|Simon Community Scotland||Shared Living project in Edinburgh||£53,703|
|Women’s Aid East and Midlothian||Housing First for women subjected to domestic abuse||£74,604|
|YMCA Glenrothes||Transition Digi-Support project||£28,400|
|Total Third Sector Homelessness Fund for 2021-22||£1,266,077.24|