Scottish Housing day is a national event which is being held on 18th September. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of housing options in Scotland. This year’s theme focuses on Housing as a human right. Scottish Housing day brings the local housing sector together to showcase options available to the residents of the Outer Hebrides. Tighean Innse Gall (TIG) alongside partners Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (CNES), Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) and Western Isles Foyer want to ensure residents of the Outer Hebrides understand their housing options and safeguard their rights as tenants.

Representatives from each organisation will be available at the Stornoway Library from 12pm to 3pm on the 18th of September. They will be able to answer questions and offer advice. It is hoped that the drop in session will improve understanding of the various housing services available.

Development Director Donna Smith of TIG said, “TIG are committed to providing a high quality service to its clients and work in partnership with agencies across the Outer Hebrides to ensure housing needs are met. As well as working alongside partners TIG is proud to have a diverse team of employees who are qualified energy advisors and can help residents manage costs of living in their own homes.”

HHP comment –‘Our vision is to “make our house your home” because we believe that it is only when a house is occupied that it can truly become a home. Our home should be a place of safety and give us all not just the best start in life but provide a solid foundation for our entire lives. We want to play our part in making a good, warm, safe & affordable home a reality for the people of the Outer Hebrides.’

The Comhairle works closely with HHP and other partners to deliver affordable homes throughout the Outer Hebrides to encourage population retention and the sustainability of our communities. Good quality housing and housing services play an essential role in the social, economic and physical well-being of Outer Hebrides residents. The Comhairle’s Homelessness Service and Empty Homes Project will be represented on the day.

Western Isles Foyer’s objective is to help young people to secure a safe place to live, that they can call home and aim to support them feel more socially included, valued, respected and access to opportunities to help them reach their potential. The Foyer work in close partnership with the Comhairle, HHP, TIG and other agencies to make sure young people can access housing services relevant to their needs and circumstances.

For more information contact- Holly Magee, Customer Service & Marketing Officer, TIG

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