New partnership to target empty homes for essential worker housing

LONDON: An innovative new partnership has been launched that will see empty homes being brought back into use to help to tackle the shortage of affordable housing for health and social care workers across the region.

The two-year project is being funded by the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) and Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (A&B HSCP), and administered by Argyll and Bute Council.

The project, which is the first of its kind in Scotland, will see the appointment of a new Empty Homes Project Officer who will work with partners and private empty home owners in areas where A&B HSCP has found that a shortage of suitable local accommodation has impacted on their recruitment service capacity and ability to recruit new team members.

The 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.