We provide free, confidential legal advice and information to EEA nationals who are rough sleeping or at risk of rough sleeping, on their legal rights in relation to their immigration position, destitution and homelessness, and potential exploitation.
We also aim to increase professionals’ understanding in these areas by providing free training and support to frontline organisations supporting destitute and homeless individuals in Edinburgh.
The project was launched in November 2017 as a three-month pilot, supported on a pro bono basis by all three collaboration partners, in order to meet an immediate and urgent need to provide legal advice and support. JRS’ contribution has been made possible through grant funding by The Legal Education Foundation.
Who we are
Jen is the supervising solicitor for this project at JRS. She has advised in the areas of EEA and immigration law for over 10 years. You can read more about Jen here.
Fiona is the principal solicitor at Shelter Scotland. She has a particular interest in homelessness law and been advising homeless clients for over 5 years.
What we do
StrEEt Aware provides the following services:
- Free, confidential legal advice to EEA nationals who are rough sleeping or at risk of rough sleeping
- Free, confidential second tier advice to frontline organisations in Edinburgh supporting these individuals
- Contribution to our understanding of barriers facing these individuals in accessing rights information and advice, through collation and analysis of data, to be shared at a free public event at the end of the pilot
- Dissemination of information on the rights of EEA nationals vulnerable to destitution and homelessness through public legal education and professional training
How to get in touch
The three-month pilot project ended in January 2018, and we are not currently running legal surgeries. We continue to support the project by providing second-tier advice and information in these areas of law, and contributing to policy and research, and are seeking funding to resume surgeries as soon as possible.
Listen to Jen and Fiona talk about the challenges which led to the StrEEt Aware project, what we learned from the pilot, and how we hope to continue supporting at risk EEA nationals in Scotland.”