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Hillcrest and Abertay awarded £175k funding to support community through Covid challenges

The funding will support local people that are facing challenges such as isolation, financial difficulty, and physical and mental disabilities.

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Hillcrest Homes and Abertay Housing Association have been awarded £175,000, to help support their local communities, along with key partners Dundee City Council, through challenges that have arisen from the coronavirus pandemic.

The money, which comes from the Supporting Communities Fund, will support local people that are facing challenges such as isolation, financial difficulty, and physical and mental disabilities.

To help support those struggling with energy costs as a result of being in lockdown at home, money has been earmarked for emergency energy top-ups for vulnerable people, which will be administered by Hillcrest Energy Advice Team (HEAT).

A proportion of the money will also directly support the community with provision of food, support for those with disabilities and those who are suffering domestic violence as well as support for early release prisoners with accommodation and home starter packs.

Following co-ordination by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, the funding will be administered by Hillcrest and Abertay. Money will be distributed through a network of organisations, including Dundee Voluntary Action, the food and security network, local community groups and other housing associations.

Angela Linton, Hillcrest Chief Executive said: “With the coronavirus pandemic causing unexpected and unprecedented challenges throughout our community, this has left a number of people struggling.

“Hillcrest, along with our partners, has a fantastic network of support already established throughout the community, and this very welcome funding boost will help us greatly increase the support we can offer, with every penny of the money going directly into the community.”

Barry Moore, Abertay Housing Association Chief Executive, said: “Abertay wishes to do all it can to support those in our communities adversely affected by the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19.  This funding will greatly assist, and we will work with our partners to ensure it is spent in the most efficient and effective way.”

Lorna Wilson, SFHA Head of Policy and Innovation, said: “We are pleased to have been able to work with the Scottish Government to enable our members to access this funding to help support vital work in their local communities.  

“Housing organisations, such as Hillcrest Homes and Abertay Housing Association, have played a key role during the pandemic, helping many vulnerable people, and this funding will allow them to continue these efforts.”

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