Reasons for Approaches
Whilst the number of homelessness applications has decreased since 2005/06, the underlying reasons for homelessness have remained very stable over time in Scotland.
The majority of Housing Options approaches cite homelessness type reasons, however the volume of approaches made for such reasons has reduced from around 10,000 approaches per quarter initially (66% of all approaches during 2014/2015), to less than 7,000 per quarter during 2018/19 (59% of all approaches).
During the most recent quarter, there were 6,415 (60%) of applications with homelessness type reasons. The number of approaches citing prevention type reasons has remained relatively stable since the monitoring of Housing Options began – with a low of 3,625 during October to December 2017 which is likely to be a reflection of overall decreases in Housing Options approaches (Table 4, Chart 4).
Chart 4: Reasons for Housing Options approaches by quarter