The SNP announced today that an extra £328,000 will be made available to help rough sleepers this winter.
The funding will be used in areas where there are the greatest number of rough sleepers, such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. The money will be used to increase emergency shelter, create personal budgets for front line workers to spend on immediate housing needs, and support the emergency Nightstop service.
The Scottish Government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group recommended that government and NGO's work to increase capacity of emergency shelters. With December set to be the coldest in seven years, there will be more need of these services than ever.
Sturgeon said: “I want to thank the action group for the serious and urgent work they have done. These actions, which the government accepts in full and will roll out immediately, will provide more support for those who find themselves homeless and more safe and warm places to stay this winter.
“We have a shared commitment to eradicate rough sleeping and end homelessness which is why we established the action group, backed by £50 million to drive change.
“While we take these immediate steps to help those who find themselves at risk of rough sleeping this winter, the Group’s work now continues as we strive to end rough sleeping for good.”