The Our Island Home (OIH) project was created by Rural Housing Scotland to provide dedicated support to island communities on housing issues. With island housing expensive to buy and build, on many island there are few affordable houses for homeless young people.
The aim is to help island communities create housing opportunities for young people – building new housing, renovating empty homes, and leasing second homes. It will also help young people help themselves by providing personal housing plans setting out tailored housing options, and provide education resources to island schools and outreach advice services through social media, transport hubs, ferries, schools and colleges.
We have recently undertaken housing projects with Tiree Community Trust and Islay Development Trust
Our OIH Development Manager, Cameron Anson, has been seconded to the Scottish Government’s Islands Team to help implement the government’s Islands Plan. We are sorry to lose Cameron for the next two years but complement the Scottish Government on their excellent choice to take forward islands policy. We look forward to working with Cameron is his new guise to make sure islands receive their fare share of affordable housing investment.
We intend to recruit to fill Cameron’s post – however this has been delayed due to the COVID 19 crisis.