THE number of people declaring themselves homeless in Moray has fallen for the second year in a row.
There were 520 applications to Moray Council in 2011-12, compared to 662 the previous year. A high point came in 2009-10 when there were 901 requests for housing.
The largest number of applications came from single people in the 26-59 years bracket, accounting for 51% of the applications.
The 18-25 age group was the next highest at 35%, housing needs officer Richard Anderson revealed.
A worry for the council remains the high number of homeless applications which came from a person fleeing a violent or abusive situation in the home.
A total of 81 people fell into this category which accounted for 15% of all applications.
Communities Chairman Eric McGillivray welcomed the report, describing the reduction in homelessness as good news.