Scottish churches push government on homelessness action targets

By agency reporter
26 Sep 2011

Scottish church leaders have teamed up with a housing charity to assess the progress made by the Scottish Government to eradicate homelessness.

The (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council and Scottish Churches Housing Action are hosting a meeting at the City Chambers on Friday 30 September 2011.

Scottish Churches Housing Action is a charity which helps churches and others make practical responses to homelessness in Scotland by encouraging the development of affordable housing from redundant or underused church buildings

The meeting is to discuss if the Scottish Government is on course to meet its pledge of providing a home for almost every unintentionally homeless person in Scotland by 2012.

The Rev Sally Foster Fulton, Vice Convener of the Kirk's Church and Society Council, will be joined by Minister for Housing and Transport, Keith Brown MSP, who will make a keynote speech on homelessness.

Other speakers include Mary Taylor, Chief Executive of Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, and various housing activists.

Entitled, 'Homelessness: achieving the 2012 pledge?', the event will take place at the City Chambers, Edinburgh, from 10.30am to 3.30pm on 30 September. It is free and open to homeless people, housing and support staff, volunteers in homelessness projects and campaigners, and church members.

Churches and NGOs in Scotland have also collaborated over the past two and a half years in the Poverty Truth Commission (http://www.povertytruthcommission.org/), which seeks to re-address key policy issues with those living at the cutting edge playing a central role, rather than being passive recipents of change from 'on high'.

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