Published 29 December 2021

West Dunbartonshire’s support for homeless households is available throughout the festive period.

Residents are being urged to make sure they are aware of how to seek help if they may become homeless or are at a risk of homelessness over Christmas.

Anyone person who finds themselves without a place to stay, or has safety concerns about returning to their accommodation can request temporary housing by contacting 01389 776400 during office hours of 9.30am – 4.30pm, or using freephone 08001971004 outwith these times.

A member of the homelessness team will then discuss their needs and identify the best response to each individual situation.

If a homeless application is required, support will be provided during the process, and into accommodation, as well as an assessment of needs and ongoing assistance to prevent them from becoming homeless again in the future.

The Council can also provide support to residents who are at risk of losing their home due to difficulties in paying the rent or mortgage.

Councillor Diane Docherty, Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “We are committed to doing all we can to ensure homeless people or those threatened with homelessness get the tailored support they need. The homelessness team do a great deal of work to ensure this extensive support is delivered and I would encourage everyone to make themselves familiar with process, if not for yourself, for someone else who may be at risk.”

Councillor Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “Unfortunately over the festive period, it is common to see a rise in the number of people presenting as homeless. I am pleased that our support continues throughout the holidays and our teams will be there to provide assistance. If you or anyone you know needs extra support during the festive period and beyond, please do not hesitate to get in touch.”

For more information, please visit: https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/housing/homelessness/homelessness-emergency/