Motion S5M-05042: Glasgow Winter Night Shelter

04 Apr 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the news that the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter, which operated from December 2016 to March 2017, provided accommodation for over 500 different people; understands that the length of stay was reduced in many cases compared with previous years because of a more “joined-up” approach by public and third sector agencies, which included council homelessness caseworkers being on the premises to process cases much faster, leading to more people ending up in housing more quickly; further understands that the shelter links in with the nearby NHS Hunter Street, which specialises in care for homeless people; acknowledges that it was run by Glasgow City Mission in partnership with other organisations, including the Simon Community, Turning Point Scotland, the Govan Law Centre, Marie Trust, the Lodging House Mission, the Glasgow Homeless Network and Blue Triangle; believes fundamentally that night shelters should not be a permanent part of Scotland, but considers that while there is a need for their existence, the Glasgow model shows many strengths that could be adopted in different areas to improve prospects for homeless people.