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Crisis in Scotland

We provide direct support for homeless people and influence policy to help end homelessness in Scotland.

Together we will end homelessness in Scotland

In Scotland, we provide education, training and support for homeless people empowering them to move on from homelessness through our Edinburgh Skylight.

We campaign to end homelessness for good. In our 50th year we produced a Plan to End homelessness. Our Chief Executive Jon Sparkes chaired the Scottish Government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group. Our work with the Scottish Government through HARSAG has most recently led to the publication of Ending Homelessness Together a High-Level Action Plan to End Homelessness, the first of its kind across Great Britain.  

We also fundraise with supporters hosting events across the country and through valuable relationships with a range of corporate partners.  See below for ways you can get active with us.  

Further, through our Best Practice Team we provide expert information, training and advice to housing professionals.  

Crisis Skylight Edinburgh

Crisis Skylight Edinburgh works with people who are homeless and vulnerably housed. 


Kevin's story
... I came to Crisis and I started to take part in music classes and getting qualifications in IT and Communications. Crisis was something to get up for and look forward to. I suddenly had a purpose.

At Crisis Skylight Edinburgh we offer help to support people in their journey out of homelessness and towards independence.

Latest news

More than 170,000 families and individuals across Britain are experiencing the worst forms of homelessness, according to new figures released today. This includes people sleeping on our streets, sofa-surfing with strangers, living in hostels, and stuck in other dangerous situations.


Crisis at Christmas today opens its doors to an expected 4,500 guests in 15 centres across the country. Run by an army of more than 11,000 volunteers, the centres in London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Newcastle and Coventry provide warmth, companionship and three hot meals a day.


"These statistics are a harrowing reminder of how deadly life on the streets can be. As we get closer to Christmas and temperatures are dropping, rough sleepers are facing exposure to dangerous conditions, above and beyond the violence and abuse often experienced when living on the streets."


Homelessness Monitor in Scotland

The Homelessness Monitor provides an independent analysis of the impact on homelessness of recent economic and policy developments across the UK.

The Scotland report monitors the impact on homelessness of the slow pace of economic recovery and the effects of welfare and housing reform and analyses key trends. It also highlights emerging trends and forecasts some of the likely changes.


Local ways to get involved

Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Scotland

We know we can #EndHomelessness. But we need the political will and commitment to make it happen. Join our Everybody In campaign, and ask your politician to pledge their support for ending homelessness for good.

Are you in?
A life in limbo

Thanks to Crisis campaigners, the Scottish Government has agreed in principle to limit stays in unsuitable emergency accommodation to seven days for all homeless people.

We’ll continue to campaign to make sure this commitment becomes reality. 

A life in limbo

Contact us

For media enquiries, call 0131 209 7725 (out of hours 07973 372587)