Edinburgh's Housing Emergency
We are working with the Council, other housing associations and Scottish Government to help tackle Edinburgh’s Housing Emergency. The City of Edinburgh Council declared a housing emergency on the 2nd November 2023. The Council took this decision as they recognised that in spite of doubling the homelessness budget over the last three years, there are still around 5,000 households currently living in temporary accommodation in Edinburgh. Demand for social rented affordable housing in Edinburgh far outstrips supply and Edinburgh has the lowest proportion of homes for social rent in Scotland. Available social rented homes in Edinburgh are advertised on the online system EdIndex. People can then bid for the homes advertised there. Properties advertised on EdIndex attract an average of 200 bids each, an indication of the levels of demand for these homes. It’s a complex situation with a number of reasons why the pressures are so high in Edinburgh, including rising construction costs for building more homes.
At Prospect we are working with the Council, other local housing associations and Scottish Government to look at ways we can help to improve the situation. As part of a range of measures, one approach we’re taking is to make sure we allocate at least 75% of our empty properties to households with a homeless priority (last year we let 73% of our empty properties to applicants with a homeless priority). We will do this until at least April 2024.
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