Time in temporary accommodation 2018

By: Shelter Scotland
Published: July 2018

Time in temporary accommodation 2018

Key points:

New Scottish Government data shows for the first time how long households spend in temporary accommodation.

The statistics conclusively show that thousands of households in Scotland depend on temporary accommodation for extended lengths of time.

On average, households spent 171 days (just under 6 months) in temporary accommodation in 2017/18.

13% of households spent more than a year in temporary accommodation.

Households with children tended to spend longer in temporary accommodation than households without children (201 days compared to 161 days).

New enforceable standards are necessary to ensure that temporary accommodation, where its use is necessary, provides a positive stepping stone into permanent accommodation.