Harbour Homes receives lottery funding to help tenants experiencing fuel poverty
Harbour Homes has received an award from The National Lottery Community Fund to help tenants of seven housing associations with fuel poverty and energy efficiency during the cost of living crisis.
Harbour Homes, along with six other landlords that make up the ARCHIE alliance, own and manage 6,000 socially rented properties in Edinburgh.
A recent tenant survey from one of the ARCHIE members found that 40% of tenants had not put their heating on as they could not afford to heat their homes.
The funding allows Harbour Homes to hire two Energy Advice Officers who will:
- Provide support to reduce fuel poverty, including support to deal with energy debt and avoiding future, energy debt, by proactively identifying households at risk and responding to referrals from ARCHIE members
- Promote the service to external agencies supporting tenants and work in partnership with local organisations and wider fuel poverty initiatives to better support tenants directly
- Deliver energy advice workshops and drop in events at local community venues supporting local people with free information and advice
- Develop materials to share advice and information on energy efficiency for tenants, staff and the wider community
- Help tenants adjust to net zero energy improvements such as solar panel installation or new heating systems
Heather Kiteley, group chief executive of Harbour, said: “It is vital that we support our tenants at such a challenging time. I’m glad we can offer this service to our tenants and those of the six other members of the ARCHIE alliance.
“With the removal of energy price caps on the horizon and other funding sources and organisations being oversubscribed, this will be a real lifeline for people experiencing the horrendous consequences of fuel poverty.”
The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland chair, Kate Still, said: “This project, delivered by Harbour Homes Scotland Limited, is a great example of community activity in action, showing just what can be achieved when people come together for a common cause or to help others. It’s all thanks to National Lottery players that we can help give charities and community groups throughout Scotland greater certainty during challenging times.”