Homeless applicants in Skye and Lochalsh are likely to spend 6 months in temporary accommodation, according to a report to the Skye and Raasay Committee.
Highland Council say the report yesterday (Monday 4 June) focused on the local housing issues.
Housing provision and homelessness continues to be a pressure in Skye and although there has been a drop in homeless presentations during Quarter 4 of 2017/2018, members were advised that the general trend is upward.
Highland Council say area housing staff are working closely with the Council’s Housing Development team to provide long term solutions to this problem.
Chair of the Committee, Councillor John Gordon said: “The Council continues to identify Skye as a priority area for new affordable housing supply. Within our current Strategic Housing Investment Plan we have a programme to build 329 new affordable homes in the area by 2021, 313 of these homes will be for social rent.
“We are currently expecting to complete the construction of 50 new affordable homes in 2018/19 and will start on site with another 80 new homes built by both the Council and Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association to meet the demand for social housing in our area.”
“We operate a common housing register and have strong partnership arrangements with the association which means that the new build programme helps us address homelessness pressure.”
Lachie MacDonald, the Chief Executive of Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association confirmed that excellent partnership working arrangements exist between the Association and the Council and that the Scottish Government have confirmed their support for the proposed development programme.