Housing Options Scotland publishes booklet on finding a home after leaving armed forces
New booklet helps current and former members of the armed forces to find a home.
Housing Options Scotland has published a new booklet called Military Matters, Finding A Home When You Leave the Armed Forces in Scotland which aims to help current and former members of the armed forces to do just that.
The booklet was coproduced with ex-service personnel and stakeholder organisations and was funded by the Armed Forces Covenant. Initially the plan had been to fund an online version of the booklet, but Poppyscotland stepped in to fund a print run of 10,000.
A series of workshops took place over the summer and Housing Options Scotland staff heard directly from veterans and those currently serving about exactly the type of housing information and advice they would find useful. The booklet is designed to be very practical and can be used by anyone at any stage of their housing journey. Housing Options Scotland is particularly keen to encourage those who have just joined up to begin planning for their housing future straight away rather than waiting until the end of their service.
Over the past few weeks, the Housing Options Scotland team has travelled across Scotland talking about the booklet, answering questions and helping those who serve to plan. Copies have been distributed to serving personnel throughout Scotland as well as elsewhere in the UK.
Housing Options Scotland Chief Executive Moira Bayne said:
“For a long time, we have been frustrated about the quality of housing information offered to the armed forces community.
“We are delighted to have been given the funding to produce this booklet and even more delighted with the amazing feedback we have received. I recently spoke to 150 young squaddies at Leuchars, and they were delighted to have this information to refer to and use.”