Charity Crisis makes plea for action as study predicts 53 per cent rise in people left without a roof over their heads by 2041.
The number of Scots classed as homeless is expected to surge by more than 50 per cent in the next 25 years, a charity have warned.
The “horrifying”prediction comes just days after a grim study highlighted the growing number of young people ending up on the streets.
Research by Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University warns the homeless total could rise from 11,800 to 18,100 by 2041 – a rise of 53 per cent.
The figures cover people sleeping rough, in hostels or unsuitable temporary accommodation or those who are “sofa surfing”, meaning they are staying temporarily with others.
The research was produced for the charity Crisis.
They said the homeless total decreased from 13,400 in 2011, but is expected to grow steadily.
Across the UK, the total is predicted to rise from 159,900 to 392,400 by 2041.
Chief executive Jon Sparkes said: “Unless we take action as a society, the problem is only going to get worse.
“That means more people sleeping on our streets, in doorways or bus shelters, on the sofas of friends or family, or getting by in hostels and B&Bs.
“In order to tackle this, it’s crucial we first understand the scale of the problem.”