Home­less­ness on Skye on the rise

The Oban Times - - News -

THE NUM­BER of peo­ple home­less on the isle of Skye has risen ac­cord­ing to a re­port to the High­land Coun­cil.

The doc­u­ment, pre­sented at the Isle of Skye and Raasay Com­mit­tee, showed the num­ber of fam­i­lies cater­gorised as home­less has more than dou­bled over the last 12 months from 15 in 2016 to 32.

It also said fam­i­lies are hav­ing to spend longer in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion be­fore be­ing of­fered a home. In 2015/16 they spent 20 weeks in tem­po­rary hous­ing but that in­creased to more than 27 weeks in 2016/17. The re­port stated: ‘ With the num­bers of home­less pre­sen­ta­tions in­creas­ing and the length of time house­holds are home­less be­fore we can make them a rea­son­able of­fer of se­cure ac­com­mo­da­tion, home­less­ness con­tin­ues to be a sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure in this ward.’

There were 293 pre­sen­ta­tions across High­land at the end of the fourth quar­ter of 2017.

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