Caravans Enlisted as Temporary Shelters in Dumfries and Galloway’s Battle Against Homelessness

The growing homelessness crisis in Dumfries and Galloway has led local housing authorities to implement unconventional solutions, including the temporary use of caravans to provide shelter for those in need.

The gravity of the situation is underscored by the fact that, at any given time, up to 50 individuals could be residing in local bed and breakfast establishments due to homelessness.

Council members at Dumfries and Galloway Council recently acknowledged the pressing challenges they face in securing short-term accommodations for individuals who find themselves without housing. As a response to the urgency, the council has expanded its efforts by collaborating with housing associations and private landlords to procure additional properties suitable for emergency housing cases.

During a recent session of the council’s communities committee, a council member stated, “We are exploring a wide range of accommodation options. In some cases, we have utilized caravans as a temporary measure. However, it’s important to ensure that any accommodation we provide aligns with the criteria established in the unsuitable accommodation order.”

To address the escalating homelessness issue, council members reviewed a new five-year homelessness strategy.

The strategy’s focal points include a response to the increased demand for housing support, exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent rise in living costs. This has led to a rise in individuals seeking assistance from the council due to their homelessness circumstances.


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