Council bosses will meet the authors of a damning new report that found steady growth in the number of people living in hostels in Dundee.
The local authority was responding after a study by Heriot-Watt University found the number of homeless in hostels had increased nationally by 43% since 2010.
The study found that Dundee had seen “substantial” and “sustained” growth in temporary accommodation use since 2003. Other areas mentioned were Edinburgh, East Lothian, Shetland, Aberdeen and East Renfrewshire.
Dr Beth Watts, who co-authored the report, said: “Transforming temporary accommodation in Scotland requires a suite of measures that reduces the number of people who need temporary accommodation by preventing homelessness, increasing the flow of people through temporary accommodation by ensuring they have access to the right support and appropriate move-on options, and focusing on increasing the quality and suitability of the temporary accommodation that is used.
“National leadership needs to be combined with a flexible approach that is responsive to local challenges.”
Jon Sparkes, chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis, and chairman of the Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Action Group, said: “Temporary accommodation is not a housing solution, it is an emergency measure which should only be used while permanent housing is sought.”
A spokesman for Dundee City Council said: “We are fully aware of the Heriot-Watt research and are meeting the authors to discuss the proposed case study on Dundee, which we think will provide a useful additional analysis on homelessness issues in the city.
“The council is actively engaged with both Scottish Government and Social Bite on the context around homelessness in Dundee, which differs from Glasgow and Edinburgh where there is significant rough sleeping and extensive use of B&B.
“Hostel accommodation in Dundee, which is largely in the third sector, provides a level of support to those who need this assistance while homeless.
“However the provision of temporary accommodation is currently under review to ensure that current provision meets the needs of the client group going forward.”