HSCHT have much experience in renovating and converting empty properties into affordable housing units.
HSCHT received funding of £120,000 in the form of Grant and Loan from the Nationwide Foundation to bring back into use two empty homes which were previously uninhabitable. Once renovated, these properties were then be rented at an affordable rate to local, low income families.
The project was a collaboration led by HSCHT which is leasing one of the two properties from the Acharacle Community Company. An unemployed Trainee also gained qualifications in the building trade by working on the project. It is hoped this will lead to paid employment.
The funding is part of the Nationwide Foundation’s Decent, Affordable Homes strategy. Please visit the Nationwide Foundation website for further details.
Work has completed on the first community owned property. Please read our three-part series blog discussing the project in further detail by clicking HERE.
The second of our empty homes projects was the conversion of an empty two-storey property into two affordable flats. Located in Achiltibuie, his project reached completion in March 2017, through working with Coigach Community Development Company. Additional funding was secured from the Scottish Governments Rural housing Fund (The first successful completed project), the Highland Council, and Highlands & Islands Enterprise. For more information on this project, click HERE.
We try to help communities around the Highlands renovate their empty properties through various sources of funding. An example is an empty property renovation in Strathmashie. For information on this click HERE.
The full factsheet can be downloaded below: