The number of people being left homeless in Dundee has risen by almost 10% in a year – with four people seeking help every day.
More than half of those given assistance with housing issues by Dundee City Council needed additional support due to drug and alcohol problems or learning disabilities.
The authority received 1,401 requests for help with accommodation in 2017/18, up 9% from the previous year, according to the Scottish Government’s latest figures.
Of those, three-quarters of applications were judged to be from people who were either homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Others were forced onto the street by eviction, threats of violence in their own homes or by being cast out by others. Across Scotland, applications rose by 1%.
Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: “We need urgent action and resources now to start making a difference to all those facing or suffering homelessness.”
Over the last decade, the number of requests for help in Dundee has generally fallen.
However, the number of children living in temporary accommodation is on the rise. A total of 175 kids were living in temporary accommodation at the end of 2017/18, up from a low of 90 in 2014/15.
About three-quarters of those who were unintentionally homeless were provided with temporary accommodation, such as council-run centres or hostels. However, some households endured waits of as long as 428 days to be allocated permanent accommodation.
Nearly 75% of cases were resolved through securing settled accommodation such as a council home. However, the council lost contact with 14% of applicants before their cases were resolved.
A spokesman for Dundee City Council said: “We are aware of the complex issues surrounding homelessness and are working closely with partners to ensure the services we provide meet the need.
“We are reviewing the provision of temporary accommodation with our Third Sector partners and the Health and Social Care Partnership to ensure current provision meets the needs of the client group now and into the future.”
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said preventing homelessness is a “key priority”, adding: “Everyone deserves a safe and warm place to call home.”