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The latest coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, can be found on NHS Inform. Frontline homelessness workers have an important role to play in helping people experiencing homelessness to use this information.
COVID-19 treatment is free for all and anyone with symptoms, regardless of their immigration status, should follow NHS Inform guidance in the same way as those who are ordinarily resident in Scotland.
Anyone requiring immediate or urgent healthcare in Scotland, not only for COVID-19, will receive it regardless of their immigration status or their ability to pay if charges apply.
Help with housing costs
Those who are struggling with their housing costs, where universal credit or housing benefit does not cover the cost of their rent, may be eligible for a discretionary housing payment.
To be considered for a discretionary housing payment you must be in receipt of housing benefit or the housing element of universal credit
Tenants in the social or private rented sector who have rent arrears as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for support from the tenant grant fund. The main aim of the grant funding is to assist those most at risk of homelessness.
Local councils are responsible for considering discretionary housing payment and tenant grant fund applications and for making payments.