Housing

Finding somewhere to live when we leave the Services is usually our highest priority.  Most of us find a home to buy or rent, but for some of us, disability or other problems can make the process difficult.  This section is aimed principally at such Veterans and provides access to organisations that aim to make a difficult process easier. 

To simplify things further for those seeking accommodation, four of the organisations work together using the Veterans Scotland Housing Portal which tries to provide the best match between applicants’ needs and available accommodation.

A housing guide for people leaving the armed forces and ex-service personnel

Deciding where to live is one of the most important choices you and your family will need to make on leaving the armed forces. It is never too early to think about where you will set up home. Whether you are due to leave in a year, a couple of months or have already left, there is support out there to help you.

The information contained in the link below sets out some of your housing options in Scotland and also looks at some of the questions you might have. It also gives you information about where you can go for further advice and support.

www.gov.scot/Publications

What are some of the housing options for a veteran seeking accommodation?

Our flow chart shows a number of options that may provide a veteran with accommodation (Click here to view)

Scottish Housing Guide

Deciding where to live is one of the most importantchoices you and your family will need to make on leavingthe armed forces. It is never too early to think aboutwhere you will set up home. Whether you are due to leavein a few years, a couple of months or have already left,there is support out there to help you. This leaflet setsout your housing options in Scotland and answers someof the questions you might have. It also gives youinformation about where you can go for further adviceand support.

 

Need a LIFT onto the housing ladder?

The Scottish Government have announced that the crucial housing option, the LIFT Open Market Shared Equity scheme will be continuing in 2017/18.

The LIFT scheme is a crucial housing option available for armed forces personnel, recent veterans and their widows and can fund up to 10% and 40% of the purchase price of a property. This allows individuals to become home owners at a more affordable cost. 

Follow this link for more information about the scheme: 

https://www.mygov.scot/open-market-shared-equity-scheme/

Leaflet Available here

Scottish Housing Regulator

The Scottish Housing Regulator collect a range of financial and performance information about each landlord and the sector as a whole. We use this to monitor and assess landlord performance against the Scottish Social Housing Charter and to decide the level of engagement we need to have with each landlord.

Search for Housing Associations

To refine your searches by local authorities choose from the form below and click search.


Shelter Scotland


Tel: 0808 800 4444 Email: cotnact online

6 South Charlotte Street , Edinburgh EH2 4AW

Shelter Scotland believes everyone should have a home. We help people find and keep a home, and campaign for decent housing for all.

www.shelter.org.uk

SSAFA Forces Help Housing Advice


Tel: 01722 436400 Email: housing@ssafa.org.uk

Housing Department , 19 Queen Elizabeth St, London SE1 2LP

www.ssafa.org.uk/housing.html

The Erskine Home

Enquiries - Welfare
Tel: 0141 812 1100

Bishopton , Renfrewshire PA7 5PU

Erskine's strength lies in the very special blend of dedicated care, compassion and understanding we offer to our residents and their families. As the UK’s foremost provider of care for veterans, we provide unrivalled rehabilitation, nursing and dementia care in our homes throughout Scotland.

The Scottish Welfare Reform Advisory Service


Tel: 03445151310 Email: cotnact online

Benefits, housing and debt – give your clients a head start

Welcome to this introduction to welfare benefits, housing and debt for frontline advice and support staff in Scotland. Advice is from Shelter Scotland and the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland. Benefits, housing and debt are often connected so it makes sense to think and talk about them together. This website is intended to help you support your client to:

  • know what changes to the benefits system are ahead that may affect people’s money or housing

  • help you spot possible and existing debt and money issues for your client and suggest ways of managing these

  • check ways of preventing evictions and homelessness

  • signpost for further help.

How to use the service

  • You may find the information you need to support your client by checking the benefits, housing or debt sections of this website. 

  • Didn’t find the answer you need? Call the advice line or email.

    • For  housing or debt advice call Shelter Scotland’s advice line for advisers on 0344 515 1310 or email Scotwras@shelter.org.uk (we aim to answer emails within three working days).

    • For advice about benefits call CPAG in Scotland’s advice line for advisers on 0141 552 0552 or email advice@cpagscotland.org.uk (we aim to answer emails within 10 working days).

www.scotwras.org

Veterans Scotland

Jim Wilson - General Secretary
Tel: 0131 550 1569 Fax: 0131 557 5819 Email: gensec@veteransscotland.org.uk

New Haig House , Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HR

Veterans Scotland's aim is to establish cooperation and coordination between Veterans Organisations in Scotland, to act as a focal point for all matters concerning the ex-Service community within Scotland and to represent these matters to Government at all levels.

http://www.veteransscotland.co.uk/

Veterans' Scotland


Tel: 0131 550 1569 Fax: 0131 557 5819 Email: gensec@veteransscotland.org.uk

New Haig House , Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HR

Veterans Scotland's aim is to establish cooperation and coordination between Veterans Organisations in Scotland, to act as a focal point for all matters concerning the ex-Service community within Scotland and to represent these matters to Government at all levels.

http://www.veteransscotland.co.uk/

Waverley Housing

- Head Office
Tel: 01450364237

51 North Bridge Street , Hawick TD9 9PX

www.waverley-housing.co.uk

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