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Only services that are currently available during COVID-19 are listed in the directory.

In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available.

Covid-19 Servie UPDATE...

Continuing to provide emergency accommodation with specialised support to assist people resettling in the community.

Normal service details...

Our Emergency Resettlement Unit is called Bethany House. It accommodates 24 men and 4 women in six cluster flats. There are 4 five-bedroom flats and 2 four-bedroom flats. Each resident has a single lockable bedroom and shares a living room, bathroom and kitchen.

Meals are provided from the central kitchen and served in the communal dining room. Residents are encouraged to get involved with the preparation and serving of lunch, and have a responsibility for participating in kitchen duty.

Who can apply?

Prospective residents must be between the ages of 16-59, and homeless either through having no secure tenancy, or where their home/tenancy is deemed to be an unsafe environment. They are expected to be able to cope with personal care, and must be willing to claim benefits, register with a local GP, and apply for more permanent housing.

Support services...

21 full time staff, 24 hour waking cover. Support worker system (3-4 residents per support worker). Regular compulsory meetings from weekly to fortnightly depending on level of support needs. Staff help with forms, applications and referrals to other agencies. Support in identifying and meeting complex needs.

Health services...

An addiction recovery worker is based on site.

Access to move-on...

Staff give advice on longer term move-on options, and help with applications and finding furniture. Referrals made for single and shared tenancies, supported accommodation and rehabilitation units.

House rules and tenure...

Compulsory support meetings. No alcohol allowed on the premises. Smoking in own room only. Residents only allowed in own flats. Occupancy agreement.

Resident access...

Curfew 12:00am Sun-Thurs, 1:00am Fri and Sat.


Between 10:00am - 5:00pm and 6:00pm - 9:00pm, not longer than 3 hours per day. No overnight guests.

User participation...

Weekly flat meetings. Ongoing resident consultation in support meetings and service questionnaires.

How to apply...

Referrals can be only be accepted through Edinburgh City Council or the Rapid Access Accommodation Providers who receive referrals daily via Streetwork. If there are any suitable vacancies available at the time, an interview for later on the same day will be offered. Interview appointments are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Bethany House does not operate a waiting list.

For further information, please get in touch.
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This record was last modified on: 04 September 2020