Publication - Statistics

Homelessness in Scotland: update to 30 September 2020

Published: 23 Mar 2021
Directorate:
Local Government and Communities Directorate
Part of:
Equality and rights, Housing
ISBN:
9781800048898

This statistics bulletin provides information on homelessness in Scotland in the 6 month period from 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020, alongside historical data.

Homelessness in Scotland: update to 30 September 2020
Characteristics

Characteristics

Key Points

Compared to 2019, there were a higher proportion of applicants who were:

  • Single males
  • 18-24 years old
  • Of White Scottish ethnicity

Applications in the 6 month period in 2020 were made up of a higher proportion of single person households than in 2019 (71% compared to 65%). Conversely, there was a decrease in the proportion of households with children (29% to 24%); this ties in with the lower increases in households with children in temporary accommodation. This was largely driven by increases in the proportion of single male applicants in the period April to June in particular. (Chart 5 & Table 11)

There was a higher proportion of 18-24 year old applicants in the 6 month period in 2020 compared to 2019 – from 20% to 22% (Table 12).

There was also an increase in the proportion of those of 'White Scottish' ethnicity – 78% for the April-September 2020 compared to 75% in 2019 (Table 13). 

Chart 5: Higher proportion of single male applicants in 2020
Bar chart showing a higher proportion of single male applicants in April to September 2020

Contact

Email: homelessness_statistics_inbox@gov.scot