The number of homeless applications in Aberdeen has increased by 13%, a new report has revealed.
The study, by Shelter Scotland, indicated that nationally 28,792 households were assessed as being homeless or were threatened with homelessness in 2017/18.
According to the findings, Aberdeen saw a 13% rise in the number of people presenting themselves as homeless to the local authority.
The spike in applications is the third-highest rise across the country, behind North Ayrshire and Perth and Kinross which went up by 27% and 17% respectively.
More than 1,400 applications were made to Aberdeen City Council in the financial year 2016/17, the number rose to 1708 in 2017/18.
Aberdeen has shown an upward trend in the number of applications in the past three years, with the number rising from 1,285 in 2015/16 to this year.
Mark Thomson, the hub manager at Shelter Scotland in Aberdeen, said the major factor in homelessness is people struggling with rent arrears.
He said: “The big thing we see is people being taken to court over rent arrears, but that’s something we’re working with the council to sort out.”
Mark was also hopeful the new Housing First initiative currently being trialled in the north-east will have an impact on the number of applications.
Despite the rise in the number of applications, the amount of people presenting as homeless after having slept rough has drastically dropped in the city.
Around 80 people in Aberdeen who presented as homeless had slept rough in the three months before they applied, a 36% drop from 125 people.
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A council spokesman said: “Aberdeen City Council takes proactive steps to prevent or alleviate homelessness at the earliest opportunity, linking applicants with a range of services including housing applications, financial inclusion, and community safety and housing management teams as appropriate.
“We have an excellent partnership relationship with Shelter where both organisations work together on alleviating homelessness and the causes of the problem for the individual.
“A local consortium involving Aberdeen Cyrenians, Aberdeen Foyer, Turning Point Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council, and ourselves received funding from the Housing First initiative which will help with our efforts.”