A north-east homeless charity is also noticing the impact of the declining oil price.
The number of people seeking advice from Aberdeen Cyrenians has increased dramatically recently as redundancies mount up.
The organisation, which holds daily drop-in advice sessions for any one who is homeless, struggling financially or has worries about money and their home, has dealt with three times as many people as usual over the last 18 months.
And Nicky MacBeath, the charity’s fundraising officer, said it was now struggling to meet financial targets due to local business pulling the plug on their support.
She said: “Some of the firms which supported us in the past are no longer able to afford to.
“It costs around £8,000 a month to fund our drop-in service when we tally up the cost of power, staff wages and the support we give.”
The group, which began as a soup kitchen run in the city’s Castlegate in 1968, also supplies food and toiletry parcels.
The number of these handed out has risen from an average of 100 a month in 2014 to almost 150 a month in 2015..
The drop-in service helps people in a range of ways, including providing support to fill in housing applications, accessing benefit claims, and providing advocacy and support.
Ms MacBeath said: “We are launching a fundraising appeal to ask the public to help keep this service open. It would be great if anyone can give a little support to those in need.”