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Most made homeless by relatives

Distressed woman - posed by a model
A new strategy to tackle homelessness has been approved.

Most people applying as homeless in the Highlands were asked to leave by family or friends, the local authority said.

The next most likely causes were the breakdown of a relationship followed by action by landlords, usually over rent arrears.

Highland Council said 40% of homeless applicants were single and under 25.

It has approved a new strategy to improve advice to people at risk of losing their homes, or are in financially difficulty.

Single people

More support will be offered to young people and those leaving care, hospital, or prison.

Of the 2,272 people applying to the council as homeless in 2007/2008, nearly 40% were single people less than 25-years-old, and around 30% were households with children under 16, Highland said.

Most households had previously been living with family or friends.

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