The number of people becoming homeless in Scotland is falling, with a 5% fall in homelessness applications according to figures published by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.
Around 7,900 homelessness applications were received by Scottish councils between October and December 2014, five per cent lower than in the same period in 2013.
In addition to the fall in applications, the number assessed as homeless, or likely to become homeless within two months, fell by one per cent to around 6,800. Where contact was maintained, four out of five individuals assessed as unintentionally homeless went on to secure settled accommodation such as council housing, housing association or private lets.
Commenting on these latest statistics Mary McLuskey, CEO of CRNS said: “Since 2004 CRNS has hosted Scotland’s National Furniture Co-ordinator; a Scottish Government funded post that provides support to furniture reuse organisations across Scotland and promotes the work that they do to registered social landlords, local authorities and housing associations.
“When the unintentionally homeless go into secure accommodation our research shows that providing furniture increases their tenancy sustainment. Ordinarily, 25% of all homeless tenancies fail within the first twelve months, but if furniture is provided, the failure rate drops to 14% – a staggering 44% reduction in failed tenancies. This represents a significant number of people staying in their homes beyond the first year and not falling back into the repeat homelessness cycle.
“Furniture makes a difference because it turns a house into a home and gives a sense of warmth and security. CRNS warmly welcomes the reduction in people becoming homeless and will continue to work with our members, social landlords, local authorities and housing associations to benefit those in need.”
Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said:
“We will carry on working closely with local authorities and their partners to prevent homelessness, increase the number of affordable homes and address the issue of empty homes, while looking to minimise the use of temporary accommodation.”
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