Motion S4M-11953: Sofa-Surfing and Homelessness Services

19 Dec 2014

That the Parliament notes the recent report by Homeless Action Scotland, which found that 20% of young people approaching homelessness services will have “sofa-surfed” (sleeping on people’s sofas) for an extended period of time beforehand; further notes that official figures only record sofa-surfing and rough sleeping if it is experienced for over six months; considers that some of those sofa-surfing are reluctant to disclose this to the authorities for fear of negative repercussions for their hosts; recognises the concerns of Homeless Action Scotland, which believes that long-term sofa-surfing can have a negative impact on the mental health and wellbeing of young people, and, while welcoming the fact that homelessness in Scotland is decreasing overall, believes that more must be done to combat this increasingly common form of homelessness.