SFHA responds to Housing Minister’s comment on 50,000 homes target
Responding to comments made today by Housing Minister Kevin Stewart on Twitter that, due to the coronavirus outbreak, it is unlikely the Scottish Government will meet its target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes by 2021, Sally Thomas, Chief Executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), said:
“Before the coronavirus outbreak, it looked likely that the Scottish Government would meet its target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes by 2021. However, development has been paused by the government – and SFHA supports this as people’s health and safety must come first.
“Our members have worked hard to help the Scottish Government to meet its affordable homes target, and they will do so again once it is safe to re-start construction.
“We are currently working with Shelter Scotland and CIH Scotland on research into affordable housing need post-2021. After the coronavirus crisis ends, the need for affordable housing is likely to be greater than ever – both for Scotland’s people and its economy. Not only does affordable housing help to support some of the country’s most vulnerable people, but building homes boosts the economy by creating jobs – both of these benefits will be much needed.”
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Notes to editors
The SFHA is the national membership body for, and voice of, housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland.