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Four years of decreasing homelessness in Edinburgh

March 03 2010
Homeless numbers demonstrate the effectiveness of their strategy, says Council

Edinburgh Council announced that the number of homeless people in the city has dropped for the fourth consecutive year. Statistics released by the council aim to demonstrate the effectiveness of city's Homelessness Strategy.

The number of homelessness assessments carried out between April to December 2009 is 3,495, giving a projected figure of 4,637. This is a five per cent drop on the previous year, and a 16 per cent decrease from four years ago.

Councillor Paul Edie, Housing Leader for the city of Edinburgh Council, said: "We have a long way to go before homelessness can be eradicated but this Council will do everything in its power to ensure those who most need our help and support receive it."

Preventing homelessness in the first place is high on the agenda and the council-funded Cyrenians Homeless Prevention Service supports residents at risk of losing their homes. Their director emphasised the importance of the project in these financially unstable times, and said that homelessness would touch many who might not expect to be affected.