Housing Options Scotland receives boost to support members of Armed Forces community
The Veterans’ Foundation is to financially support Housing Options Scotland’s unique Military Matters project until March 2021.
Since its inception in 2012, the project has helped and advised more than 1,000 members of the Armed Forces to find the right home in the right place in all 32 local authorities in Scotland.
The project is the only one of its kind in Scotland and provides in-depth one to one support to veterans, currently serving personnel, their families and dependants to find the right home in the right place throughout the country. The organisation’s unique approach enables people to explore renting and buying options and provides the support to make these options a reality.
All of this advice is provided by expert staff who understand the distinct needs of members of the Armed Forces community.
Support from the Veterans’ Foundation will enable Housing Options Scotland to offer this unique service to more members of the Armed Forces community who are in need.
Moira Bayne, Housing Options Scotland’s CEO, said: “We continue to see a high demand for our Military Matters project, in the last quarter alone, we have seen a 50% increase in referrals.
“Since the project started in 2012, we have helped people with a multitude of issues including; homelessness, unaffordable housing, overcrowding, housing for disabled veterans and adaptations to name but a few. We are delighted and very grateful to receive continuing support from the Veterans’ Foundation, which will enable us to help more members of the Armed Forces community across Scotland.”
The Veterans’ Foundation raises its money through the Veterans’ Lottery and donations. To date, it has given £2 million out in grants to 140 organisations, who help members of the armed forces community.
Their support has helped charities and other organisations to tackle the challenges of mental health and physical injuries, homelessness, unemployment, children’s loss of parents while serving and remembrance.
Veterans Foundation CEO David Shaw, added: “The Veterans’ Foundation is delighted that the grant to Housing Options Scotland has enabled them to help many veterans find accommodation to suit their needs. It is so important that veterans and their dependants have a sound base from which to make a successful transition from military to civilian life.”