Housing Minister meets young tenant to talk about youth homelessness

Tuesday 29 May 2018

Bronny, Sharon, Shona and KevinQueens Cross tenant, Bronny Wyper, met Housing Minister Kevin Stewart over a cup of tea to talk about her experience of being homeless at a young age.

The Minister’s visit took place as recommendations to transform temporary accommodation from the Scottish Government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group were accepted.

As a member of the action group, our chief executive, Shona Stephen, keeps social housing and young people’s homelessness services like CHYP and Firestation high on the national agenda.

Shona said:

“We’re proud to have welcomed the Housing Minister to Queens Cross and want to thank Bronny for inviting him in to her home.

“Bronny’s life has turned around thanks to her own efforts and with excellent support from our youth homelessness service which, in the last seven years, has had no failed tenancies.

“As a Young Inspection Volunteer with the Care Inspectorate, Bronny’s now passing on her experience and advice to help other young people who find themselves without a home.”

Commenting on the group’s latest recommendations, the Housing Minister said:

“These recommendations focus on preventing the need for temporary accommodation in the first place, ensuring the right support and standards are in place where it is needed and will play a vital role in meeting our commitment to end homelessness and transform temporary accommodation, backed by our £50 million fund.”

Jon Sparkes, Chair of the group and Chief Executive of national homelessness charity Crisis, said:

“Temporary accommodation should be a short-term response to each person’s homelessness before they quickly move into a permanent and secure place to call home. At the heart of our recommendations are measures to prevent homelessness in the first place, ensure support is available and wider options for more settled housing.”

The action group has made two previous sets of recommendations on tackling rough sleeping over winter and ending rough sleeping for good. The group’s final set of recommendations will be on ending homelessness altogether.