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Published 02 May 2019

Homelessness in West Dunbartonshire has reduced as the Council enters its third year of a campaign designed to help tackle the issue.

The More than a Roof initiative – launched in 2017 – aims to ensure homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless are given the required support as quickly as possible.

At a meeting of Housing and Communities Committee on Wednesday, Councillors were given an update on the progress of the programme with figures from 2018/19, and told homelessness presentations in the area have reduced by 9 per cent compared to 2016/17.

Youth homelessness has also gone down since the scheme begun by 17 per cent, while officers have been able to assist 100% of households requiring  temporary accommodation with a place to stay.

The Council’s Rapid Rehousing Transition Programme, which is awaiting confirmation of funding from the Scottish Government, will be implemented from this year. 

This new approach will ensure homeless people in West Dunbartonshire are fast-tracked to settled accommodation.

Councillor Diane Docherty, Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “I am pleased with the progress being made to ensure everybody in West Dunbartonshire has somewhere safe to go, and nobody is forced to sleep on our streets.

“Of course homelessness continues to be a challenge, but programmes like More than a Roof show we are facing them head on, and doing all we can to make our area a safer place for all.”

Councillor Caroline McAllister, Vice Convener of Housing and Communities, added: “It is heartening to see that the hard work we are putting into tackling homelessness is paying off. Seeing a reduction in presentations and a reduction in child homelessness is great progress and I’m sure with our Rapid Rehousing Transition Programme, we will see further improvements in the coming years.”