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Homeless shelters to be replaced with 'welcome centres' in Scotland

Night shelters for the homeless are to be phased out and replaced with "rapid rehousing welcome centres", the Scottish government has said.

The new centres will provide those in need with a bed for the night in the first instance then longer term accommodation.

Ministers said this would happen "ideally" within 24 hours.

Homeless charity Shelter said the government needed to focus on building more affordable homes.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said the new centres formed part of the government's plan to end homelessness and rough sleeping "once and for all".

The administration has updated its proposals for tackling homelessness, with a promise to expand "rapid rehousing approaches". The blueprint also commits to meeting the target of building 50,000 affordable new homes, and outlines an ambition for a "significant increase in the proportion of social homes allocated to people who are homeless".


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