Highland Council holds public event in Inverness for Scottish Housing Day

Highland Council holds public event in Inverness for Scottish Housing Day

To celebrate Scottish Housing Day, Highland Council is due to hold a public event in Inverness called Highland Housing Extravaganza.

Highland Council is hosting the event in partnership with the Highland Housing Register partners tomorrow.

It is a drop-in event and is being held at the Spectrum Centre between 1pm and 6pm.

Tea, coffee and tray bakes will be available and there will also be activities for children.

The event is open to all, but specific invitations will be sent to targeted groups such as young people, veterans, people with disabilities or long-term illnesses, older people and ethnic minority groups.

The event will also have a distinct focus on changing the public perception of homelessness and the introduction of the Housing First approach which mirrors the principle central to this years Scottish Housing Day, that housing is a basic human right.

Alongside Highland Council housing, the event will feature representatives from all the major housing association, including Highland Residential, Albyn Housing, Cairn, The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust, Lochaber Housing Association, Lochaber Care & Repair and Highland Housing Alliance.

The Highland Housing Extravaganza will feature all affordable housing providers - mid-market rent; LIFT; rent to buy; help to buy and the PRT sector.

John Finlayson, councillor and chair of the Highland Council care, learning and housing committee, said: “One of the Highland Council Key priorities is – we will provide homes across the Highlands that are responsive to local needs including affordable homes for younger generations and families; housing in areas where attracting professionals is a challenge; and homes where the elderly and vulnerable can be supported to live independently. Housing is one of life’s basic needs. Everyone should have a good quality home that they can afford to live in and heat. Good quality, affordable housing helps people to enjoy better health and achieve their full potential. Good housing also contributes to stronger communities that benefit everyone living in them.”

Chloe Trew from the Scottish Human Rights Commission, who is also joining Highland Council at this year’s event, said: “With this year’s Scottish Housing Day focusing on housing as a human right, the Commission is very pleased to be able to share its knowledge of what taking a human rights-based approach to housing means in practice at the Highland Housing Extravaganza.”

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