Rural Housing Scotland provides a range of services to rural communities and individuals in order to help deliver housing needed by the community; designed and delivered by the community. These are delivered across Scotland by core staff and by the Our Island Home project in the Hebrides:

Provide information and advice on housing options, grants and planning policy

  • Web, social media, phone, and face to face advice to communities and individuals

 Undertake housing needs/feasibility studies to secure investment in rural communities

  • Devising and carrying out postal and face to face community housing needs surveys
  • Researching local authority information on planning, housing strategy and investment
  • Holding public meetings to gauge opinion on housing needs
  • Holding drop in housing surgeries to provide advice and information

 Find funding for community housing initiatives

  • Supporting grant applications by community trusts to government and charitable trusts
  • Advising community trusts on loan funding
  • Investigating feasibility of alternative financial models

 Undertake research on rural housing problems

  • Working with other interested organisations, communities and individuals to investigate issues in rural areas, their causes and possible solutions.

 Develop new initiatives to tackle rural housing problems

  • Working to develop practical responses with local communities

 Campaign to secure action and funding to address rural housing issues

  • Ensuring that housing policy meet rural housing needs;
  • Participating in working groups and conferences to ensure rural perspective is part of housing policy;
  • Working with others to highlight role of housing in wider rural development.