This Forum is concerned with the statutory homelessness functions of local authorities. 

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This Forum is concerned with the statutory homelessness functions of local authorities. As such, it will mainly be concerned with Housing Options and homelessness prevention, the assessment and investigation of homeless presentations, the provision of temporary accommodation, the permanent rehousing of homeless households and supporting them to sustain their new homes. 

Who is it for

This community of practice is primarily for LA members. As a member, you can expect to have the opportunity to meet quarterly, access to a dedicated online discussion forum, data dashboards, guidance documents and other publications. 

Key Content


Delivering Rapid Rehousing Transition Plans


Using the full breadth of Housing Options to prevent homelessness


Provision of ‘suitable’ temporary accommodation, meeting the Unsuitable Accommodation Order


Sustainably rehousing homeless households in all tenures

Latest News

Homeless Prevention Statistics Published

The Scottish Government has published the latest “Prevent 1” statistics on homeless prevention activities and outcomes in Scotland in the period from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.

Scottish Fuel Fund

Funds secured by HACT and Melville are now available for housing associations to access, providing vouchers to support residents with rising fuel costs.

CRER report highlights persistent inequalities and disadvantages that highten BME people’s risk of destitution

Despite rising homelessness in BME communities in recent years and persistent inqualities and disadvantages that heighten BME people's risk of destitution.

Publications and reports

Temporary Accommodation, North Lanarkshire Council

Presentation to Homelessness Forum, November 2023, by North Lanarkshire Council, about their temporary accommodation provision and how high standards are achieved

Rent Deposit Guarantee Schemes – Member Query

Write-up of responses received following a query to members about their practice in delivering Rent Deposit Guarantee Schemes and Private Sector Leasing Schemes.

Report of PRS Homelessness Forum, September 2023

A short summary report of the presentations to the September 2023 online meeting of the Private Rented Sector Homelessness Forum

Past Events

Homelessness Forum (November 2023)

Meeting of the Homelessness Forum at which resources for those working with NRPF households will be considered, and also achieving high satisfaction standards in temporary accommodation.
23rd Nov 2023

PRS Homelessness Forum

Preventing homelessness in the PRS, and understanding its role better in meeting housing need.
29th Sep 2023

Homelessness Forum

Meeting of the local authority Homelessness Forum, discussing temporary accommodation standards and Inverclyde Council's improvement journey
10th Aug 2023

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