Rural Housing Scotland provides a range of services to rural communities and individuals. These are delivered across Scotland by core staff and by the Our Island Home project in the Hebrides:

enable new affordable housing development in rural communities
community ownership initiatives and support to community land trusts
fostering partnerships with housing associations
renovation of empty properties
working with local estates and the private sector
low cost home ownership developments through the promotion of self build across Scotland.

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 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

develop new initiatives to tackle rural housing problems
working to develop practical responses with local communities

provide information and advice on housing options, grants and planning policy
web, social media, phone, and face to face advice to communities and individuals

help secure land and grants for individuals in housing needs and for communities
work with community and private landowners to secure land for housing

undertake research on rural housing problems
carry out research for organisations which investigates rural housing needs and possible solutions

campaign to secure action and funding to address rural housing issues
ensure that housing policy meet rural housing needs
participate in working groups and conferences to ensure rural perspective is part of housing policy
work with others to highlight role of housing in wider rural development

We provide support across rural Scotland and have worked with over 150 communities.