Homeless put up in Aberdeen hotels after ‘blip’

By Andy McLaren, 22 Aug 2014 10.27am

HOMELESS people in Aberdeen have been put into hotels due to a lack of temporary accommodation, the Evening Express can reveal today.

Between April and June, Aberdeen City Council booked a total of 20 hotel rooms due to a lack of temporary accommodation in the city.

In July, the local authority booked 15 rooms for homeless people to use within the city.

Convener of the council’s housing and environment committee Neil Cooney today SAID: “There has been a temporary blip here because we shouldn’t be using hotels to put the homeless into.

“We have a good record for temporary accommodation.”

The city council has taken steps to try to address the issue of homelessness in Aberdeen.

These include the £5 million Victoria House on West North Street, which will have 20 bedsits with en suite shower facilities offering short-term accommodation and support to homeless people in the city, and is expected to open in November.