Empty properties targeted for key worker ‘affordable’ housing scheme

‘AFFORDABLE’ homes for key workers in remote parts of Scotland is the aim of an empty-homes-restoration project launched in Argyll and Bute.

The scheme – involving Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (funded by the Scottish Government and hosted by the housing charity, Shelter), Argyll and Bute Health & Social Care Partnership and Argyll & Bute Council – aims to locate and convert 20 empty properties in the region over the next two years.

It’s being seen as way of addressing a shortage of ‘affordable’ housing for health and social care workers.

Says a media announcement on behalf of the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, here: “[A dedicated empty homes] officer will work A&B HSCP to establish local housing needs including type, size and locations of accommodation needed.

“They will then look to identify suitable ’empty home matches’ and liaise with owners and registered social landlords with the aim of bringing homes back into use for A&B HSCP key and essential workers through tenancy agreements.”

Picture credit: Argyll & Bute Council

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