The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has convened a group of key organisations in response to the evolving challenges the social housing sector faces amid the Coronavirus outbreak.
Following conversations with the Scottish government and the Scottish Housing Regulator, SFHA set up the Social Housing Resilience Group.
The group comprises:
- Scottish government
- NHS Health Scotland
- Scottish Housing Regulator
- Wheatley Group
- Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF)
- Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland
- Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO)
According to SFHA, the group convenes for a daily conference call, and its objectives are as follows:
- Real-time strategic planning and prioritising
- Identifying high-level issues, making decisions, and taking action
- Providing an early-warning system for problems
- Gathering information and identifying necessary guidance and advice
The group has also produced a framework to support social landlords in decision-making on service provision as well as to help facilitate essential travel by those delivering services during the outbreak.
Sally Thomas, SFHA chief executive, said: “The social housing sector has a critical role to play in responding to the Coronavirus outbreak.
“Social landlords provide housing and services that are vital for people’s health, wellbeing, and safety, and this must be able to continue.
“The Social Housing Resilience Group will allow us to respond to the outbreak as it develops and ensure that we can work together to minimise the impact on the most vulnerable people in our communities as well as on social landlords.”
Membership of the group is under constant review, and additional organisations may join at a later date.
Consideration is being given regarding how information is distributed by the group, as well as to how social landlords can feed back to the group.