Scotland sees a fall in homelessness applications
- 01 Oct
Over the past year the number of homelessness applications and people accepted as homeless has fallen in Scotland.
Official figures show that Scottish local authorities received 9,000 applications for homelessness assistance during April to June 2014 which is a 7% decrease on the same period last year, reports Inside Housing.
The number of people assessed as homeless, or likely to become homeless within two months, also dropped by 3% to 7,500 from the second quarter of last year to this.
Graeme Brown, director of homelessness charity Shelter Scotland, said the fact there were still thousands in temporary accommodation and assessed as homeless pointed to the need for more houses.
"We continue to consistently campaign for the Scottish government to build at least 10,000 new socially rented homes a year to bring hope to homeless households and the 155,100 people currently on local authority housing waiting lists," he said.
The Scottish government has attributed the fall in homelessness figures in the country to the prevention strategies adopted by councils as they were heading towards the goal of the ‘abolition of homelessness by 2012'.
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