“36,457 households making homeless applications, a rate of youth homelessness at 13.7 per 1000 – over double the rate for over 25s, and a rising proportion of homeless applications from households renting in the private sector,” Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland was quoted as saying in the report.
Graeme added that the significant weakening of the welfare state in recent years has made it more important than ever to ensure that vulnerable households are offered support before being pushed into crisis.
In addition, 10,281 households in Scotland were reported to be in temporary accommodation as of March 2014. Despite the number decreasing since 2011, “it should be noted […] that this figure is still 60% higher than the same period in 2002,” the report stated.
The report also highlighted that the largest proportion, 46 percent, of homeless applications in Scotland were made by single men, with the majority of those applicants citing their reason for homelessness as being asked to leave their current accommodation by another member of the household.