0131 550 1561 office@veteransscotland.org.uk

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.

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

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.



Housing Options Scotland

Tel: 0131 247 1400 Fax: 0870 123 1597 Email: info@housingoptionsscotland.org.uk

The Melting Pot , 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR

Military Matters is a specialist project within Housing Options Scotland providing an independent housing advice service to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.  We offer clients a tailored individual service to review and consider their housing options whether they are already resident in Scotland or are considering living in Scotland in the future.

 

Thanks to financial support from the Scottish Government and Poppyscotland we have now provided detailed housing information and advice to dozens of serving personnel and veterans. The advice is free and we are already working alongside organisations such as SSAFA and the Armed Services Advice Programme (ASAP) in providing support to those who require it.  Our website explains how to access our services.

http://www.housingoptionsscotland.org.uk/

MOD Joint Service Housing Advice Office

Tel: 01252 787574 Email: RC-AWS-JSHAO-0mailbox@mod.gov.uk

Floor 2, Zone 2 , Montgomery House, Queens Avenue, Aldershot GU11 2JN

Provide civilian housing information to Service personnel and their dependants wishing to move to civilian accommodation at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life. They also assist in signposting or placement of, where possible, ex-Service personnel still occupying Service Accommodation who may need social housing.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/joint-service-housing-advice-office-jshao

Royal Air Force Association (Moffat)

Patrick Rendall – Welfare Manager
Tel: 01683 221173 Email: patrick.rendall@rafa.org.uk

Dowding House , Moffat DG10 9 AW

Dowding House is situated in Moffat in Scotland and has 26 flats. Any ex-RAF men or women, their widows and widowers who have reached normal retirement age may apply. Tenants must be able to live an independent life albeit within a secure environment.

http://www.rafa.org.uk/help-facilitiessupport-housing.asp

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Tel: 0131 225 6421

20 Queen Street , Edinburgh EH2 1JX

Since our foundation in 1919, we have been there, through thick and thin, supporting the RAF family. We are there for all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.

http://www.rafbf.org/

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Sara Addelsee – In- Pensioner Admissions Officer
Tel: 02078 815244 Email: saraaddelsee@chelsea-pensioners.org.UK-wide

Royal Hospital Road , London SW3 4SR

There are few institutions in the United Kingdom with an unbroken three centuries of service and none of them is so close to the heart of the nation as “The Men in Scarlet”, the Chelsea Pensioners, and their home, the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Founded in 1682 by King Charles II, the Royal Hospital still serves its original purpose and intends to continue to further its role well into the 21st Century and will be here for today’s young soldiers on the front line when they retire.

http://www.chelsea-pensioners.co.UK-wide/home

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Tel: 0141 332 8113 Fax: 0141 332 9684 Email: sfha@sfha.co.uk

Pegasus House , 375 West George Street, Glasgow G2 4LW

The SFHA is the national representative body for Scotland’s housing associations and co-operatives. Our affiliated members include, housing associations, registered housing associations and co-operatives throughout Scotland. You can search through them using the web address link below.

www.sfha.co.uk/component/option,com_membersdir/ltemid,149/view,membersdir/

Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association

Housing Manager
Tel: 0131 285 3292 Email: mail@svgca.org.uk

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

We are a Scottish-based Charity providing and maintaining rented housing for permanently disabled ex-Armed Forces, Merchant Navy, Police and Fire Service Personnel – and we have been doing so for more than 95 years.

www.housesforheroes.org.uk

Scottish Veterans’ Residences

Tel: 0131 558 8808 Email: info@svronline.org

53 Canongate , Edinburgh EH8 8BS

SVR is Scotland’s oldest ex-service charity, founded in 1910 to support independent living for ex-service men and women of all ages and their spouses who find themselves in times of need. SVR provides unique and unrivalled accommodation as well as supporting independent living. We enable our residents to live in a safe, secure and supportive community environment.

http://www.svronline.org/