Emergency accommodation in Glasgow hotels for the homeless will continue until the pandemic is over

Emergency hotel accommodation will still be used for people in Glasgow at risk of becoming homeless as the country continues to deal with coronavirus, it has been confirmed.

During the Hillhead Area Partnership, it was revealed that Glasgow City Council will continue to provide access to temporary shelter until the country is no longer in a public health emergency.

Since 2017, Glasgow City Council’s Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) has been working on its Rapid Transition Plan for Rehousing to end the use of B&Bs and hotels to accommodate homeless households.

The pandemic has delayed plans to help people in this situation find permanent accommodation, with the local authority required to rapidly expand the supply of emergency accommodation since March last year.

During Tuesday’s committee meeting, concerns were raised about the number of people living at the Chez Nous hotel by councilor Martha Wardrop.

She said: “I would like it to be noted that a petition was submitted to the Community Engagement Committee of the Health and Social Care Partnership regarding Chez Nous last December.

“A lot of work is being done to fix the problem. I also have concerns regarding the use of hotel accommodation [by people facing homelessness] and if it continues until next March.

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The petition, which was presented to the Integrated Joint Council (IJB) last December, called for ‘appropriate and properly supported’ housing for homeless people seeking help instead of depending on temporary guesthouses. .

Residents of Hillhead believe that sheltered housing would not only mean better living conditions and opportunities for the homeless, but would also create a safer environment in Hillhead for a community severely affected by anti-social behavior, petty crime and serious acts of violence directly associated with these guesthouses.

Council Agent Gary Quinn said: “The debate [regarding this petition] at the IGB was useful for everyone. We will continue to provide access to emergency accommodation until the health emergency is over.

“We are committed to providing transitional housing for those living in emergency accommodation post covid. It is unclear when this will be designated.

Mr Quinn also confirmed that the minutes of the IGB’s discussion of the petition would be presented to a future Hillhead partnership.

Glasgow HSCP is currently developing a strategy that will permanently end the use of bed and breakfasts and hotels as hostels. An updated plan will be released next month.

Copy provided by Catherine Hunter, Local Democracy Reporting Service

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