Langstane Housing Association to display model lodging house cubicle mock-up

A model of one of the 1960s lodging houses which played a formative role in the beginning of Langstane Housing Association will be put on display next week to celebrate Scottish Housing Day.

Often places of last resort with conditions less than satisfactory, the lodging houses and night shelters were the only refuge many people had if they had fell on hard times.

Those who used the lodging house facilities were stigmatised as problematic, alcoholic or suffering from a mental illness. This was, in many cases, not the case as many people had simply lost employment; some were ex-forces or had simply suffered a family break down but had no other family to help.

Langstane was set up to provide not only secure, safe accommodation but the necessary support some needed to turn their lives around and live independently.

To celebrate Scottish Housing Day on Wednesday, 19 September 2018, a lodging house cubicle will be mocked-up in Langstane’s reception area at 680 King Street, Aberdeen. This will give those who visit the office an insight into the unacceptable conditions of the day. The cubicles were tiny – 5ft high x 4ft wide x 6ft long and the facilities scant – a camp bed and mattress.

Join the team at Langstane between 9.30am and 4.30pm to see for yourself how many people had to live some 40 years ago.

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