Council gets involved to show support for Scottish Housing Day

We're supporting Scottish Housing Day

Published: Wednesday, 18th September 2019

We are joining with local authorities, registered social landlords and other organisations across the country to mark Scottish Housing Day today.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Housing as a human right’, and we are highlighting the range of support available, as well as key achievements, throughout the day on our social media channels.

Extra Care Homes

We have already invested significant funding to support the delivery of much needed extra care homes across the region, starting with developments already underway at Langhaugh in Galashiels of 39 homes and 49 at Todlaw, Duns.

Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan

A first Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan has also been developed and was approved earlier this year. This sets out how we and partners will address homelessness, particularly focused on prevention, and also minimise the time spent in temporary accommodation and ensure a mainstream housing outcome is delivered as quickly as possible.

Progress on priorities

Other progress on priorities includes:

  • creation of an Affordable Warmth and Home Energy Efficiency Strategy
  • expansion of the Change Works in Peebles project to the whole Tweeddale area
  • establishment of the Borders Home Energy Forum

Ongoing and future work includes trying to achieve a better understanding of the housing needs of wheelchair users and a study into the housing needs and aspirations of young people.

Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development

“I’m passionate that the Council works with our partners to deliver exceptional housing across the Borders, so I’m delighted we are showing our commitment to homes as a human right by taking part in this year’s Scottish Housing Day.

“Everyone should have access to a safe, secure and affordable home, and Scottish Housing Day brings together the entire housing sector to celebrate the positive impact that good quality housing makes to the lives of people and communities right across Scotland, as well as highlighting the range of housing options that are available.

“This Council is committed to ensuring every person in the Scottish Borders lives in a home that meets their needs and we have an ambitious Local Housing Strategy which sets out how this can be achieved. 

“Our key priorities include improving and expanding the supply of affordable homes, improving energy efficiency, reducing homelessness and supporting independent living for older people. To do this we work closely with a range of partners, from the Scottish Government to registered social landlords, to ensure that the delivery of housing and related services meet the needs of local communities.”

“We are committed to playing our part to supporting local people to have access to the homes they need and can offer a wide range of support and advice to tenants, homeowners, landlords and developers.

“I’d encourage anyone who is interested in finding out more, or who is need of help or support for anything housing related to get in touch with the team here.”