Homes projects enjoy ministerial visit

Date: 21/06/13, Seafar, entrance of Beechwood Court, ministerial visit Margaret Burgess MSP (housing & welfare) to see progress of houses, pictured with new resident Isabel Donnelly.

Date: 21/06/13, Seafar, entrance of Beechwood Court, ministerial visit Margaret Burgess MSP (housing & welfare) to see progress of houses, pictured with new resident Isabel Donnelly.

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Scottish housing minister Margaret Burgess was in the region last week, visiting various housing developments and special accommodation.

Among the schemes the minister visited was Eildon Housing’s new affordable housing development at Stichill, which has provided eight homes for social rent.

Mrs Burgess said: “Over the past three years the Scottish Government has invested more than £16million to assist in the delivery of 194 homes in the Borders region.

“Eildon Housing Association’s development in Stichill is a good example of quality housing which is providing much needed affordable accommodation within a rural community.

“In addition, I was very pleased to hear that this development won the prestigious Rural Development of the Year at the recent Scottish Home Awards.”

Mrs Burgess added: “During the lifetime of this Parliament the Scottish Government is committed to delivering 30,000 affordable homes, of which at least 20,000 will be for social rent.”

During her visit the minister also took in the temporary accommodation scheme in Maxmill Park, Kelso, and self-contained flats for vulnerable young people in Albert Place, Galashiels and Trinity House, Hawick.

Mrs Burgess said: “I know the heartache and trauma of homelessness from working closely with households faced with the prospect of losing the roof over their head.

“Young people, particularly those leaving care, are especially vulnerable. This Government is committed to supporting people of all ages who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

“We are working hard to ensure the needs of this group are met, and that means making sure different services are working together to embrace a preventative approach.”

Mrs Burgess added: “The Scottish Government’s Housing Options funding programme, already backed by investment of approximately £650,000 and with a further £300,000 committed, has helped local authorities develop this approach and recent falls in recorded homelessness in Scotland show that this is making a real difference.

“But we are far from complacent. We will continue to work together to ensure vital prevention activity continues to result in many more people avoiding entirely the crisis of homelessness.”