A Shelter Scotland report: Housing Options in Scotland
By: Shelter Scotland Published: July 2011
The Scottish Government is encouraging local authorities to develop Housing Options advice services as a key part of their homelessness prevention work. This paper looks at what Housing Options advice is in practice, how the approach is being developed across Scotland, strengths and weaknessess that are emerging and what the next steps might be.
- A Shelter Scotland report: Housing Options in Scotland (PDF 232.2 KB)
- Shelter Scotland welcomes the Scottish Government's development of the Housing Options model as part of its homelessness prevention strategy as we move closer to the 2012 homelessness commitment deadline, but it is very early days and there are potential pitfalls that must be avoided.
- Housing Options advice is an approach which combines assessing a person's legal rights to a home with a broader look at all the possible options open to them which could include: renting privately, support to stay where they are and home ownership. People should be given clear, impartial advice and be empowered to make the choice that is right for them.