Four local Housing organisations, Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, Hebridean Housing Partnership, Western Isles Foyer and Tighean Innse Gall are supporting Scottish Housing Day and are hoping to raise awareness of the housing options available in the Outer Hebrides.
Another key theme that will be explored will be housing issues for older people and the options that they have around living longer in the right kind of home. Tighean Innse Gall will be making people aware of the work they do in relation to the Care and Repair Scheme and Home Safety Scheme.
Access to good quality housing is vital to the economy of the Outer Hebrides and strengthens Island communities. The Comhairle and Hebridean Housing Partnership work very closely with the Scottish Government to provide new affordable homes and this supports a range of options for buying and renting.
A poll conducted for the first annual Scottish Housing Day in 2016 found that many people knew nothing, or very little, about all the tenures available apart from the main three – buying with a mortgage, private renting and social renting – which means that many people could be losing out on home ownership.
Scottish Housing Day is a good platform to help raise awareness of the advice and services the various Housing agencies in the Outer Hebrides can provide.
There is a dedicated website for Scottish Housing Day which includes information on the various housing options which are available.