CATH is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. CATH is known as a homeless charity but we do so much more. For example, we support people with housing issues, mental health challenges, addictions, benefits, form filling and increasingly people struggling with poverty. In addition, we are very much a local charity only providing services in the communities of Perth and Kinross.

As part of our anniversary celebrations, we are commissioning research into the extent of homeless in rural areas of Perth and Kinross. Historically such homelessness is difficult to quantify as much of it is hidden.

Homelessness can come in various guises. It is not always about people sleeping rough, which seems to be the prominent image in people’s minds. The first part of the research will be to scope the problem: how many people, family circumstances, what type of homelessness.

The second part will be to identify the reasons behind the homelessness. What has brought people to this situation? Many experts could already offer suggestions but we want the research to reflect the reality of people experiencing homelessness in rural areas.

Finally, the research will offer recommendations. Raising awareness is in itself a worthy act but offering solutions is key.

This research will inform future developments for CATH and by sharing the learning, it is hoped that other agencies will also take on board the outcomes when considering future planning.

Throughout this process, your involvement and experiences will be vital. Our researchers will be asking for people’s contribution. Please look out for details as they appear early in the New Year and let us know your thoughts.

If you would like further information about the research or the work of CATH, please email Richard Howat on

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