Shelter Scotland gift wraps a Link house!
Link was delighted to support Shelter Scotland by providing one of our houses to be gift wrapped to raise awareness of the plight of homeless children in Scotland this Christmas and the need for more affordable homes.
According to Shelter Scotland, almost 5,000 children across the country will wake up homeless on Christmas Day – representing a 15 percent increase from last year.
The charity says it’s a mark of shame that in 21st Century Scotland so many young people will face the prospect of Christmas in a place they can’t call home. Campaigners say that most will also face uncertainty into the New Year while stuck in temporary accommodation for weeks and months, if not years on end.
The gift-wrapped house in Edinburgh is one of almost 6,500 social homes Link provides.
Shelter Scotland says to address the problem and meet demand for housing, Scotland needs to build 12,000 affordable homes every year. Link is contributing to this number by building over 1000 homes over the next five years.
Alison Watson, deputy director of Shelter Scotland, said: “The fact that almost 5,000 children will wake up homeless on Christmas Day is a mark of shame in 21st Century Scotland.
“This gift wrapped house represents every child’s wish for a safe and secure place to call home – a place where they can play, enjoy family life, learn and thrive.
“Through our work with families and children, we know that many of Scotland’s homeless children will be going to bed on Christmas Eve with this wish. Sadly, for most their wish will not be answered in time for this Christmas, but it’s by no means too late to help them.
“We urge all of Scotland’s political parties to include ambitious targets for new affordable housing in their manifestos for next year’s Holyrood election campaigns and bring hope to those without a permanent place to call home.”