What We Do

Rural Housing Scotland is a national charity which supports community action on rural housing issues, helping develop community led housing initiatives and campaigning to secure more affordable housing in rural Scotland. We undertake a range of activities to deliver rural housing:

Community Led Housing

Working with communities to tackle their housing challenges

Help communities secure funding for affordable housing from the Rural & Islands Housing Fund and other sources

Help communities to find land for affordable housing and support applications to the Scottish Land Fund

Undertake housing needs assessments /consultation

Assess the viability of community led housing solutions

Explore options for community assets transfers to provide housing

Develop business plans for community housing

Support community and individual self-build

Investigate new ideas like mutual home ownership coops

Advise on allocations and local lettings
Support communities to drive the change that they need

Community Engagement

Providing information and advice on housing options to communities and supporting community engagement with housing providers.

Organise public meetings and events

Hold housing advice surgeries

Meet with community trusts, community councils and other organisations

Social Media promotion

Championing Rural Housing

Ensuring rural communities’ voices are heard nationally

Develop new ideas to solve rural housing issues

Campaign for a fair share of investment in rural Scotland

Help ensure land reform secures land for housing

Promote the role of housing in rural regeneration

Provide a link between the most remote communities and all levels of government

Organise Scotland’s leading Rural Housing Conference