Our Work

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