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Housing Options Scotland celebrates 20th Anniversary

The people on the photo are from left to right: John Evans, HOS Board Member, Fraser Gilmore, HOS Engagement & Development Manager, Danny Jones, HOS client, Graeme Jackson, HOS client, Tony Carruthers – Military Matters Associate, Christine Jackson, HOS client

The people on the photo are from left to right: John Evans, HOS Board Member, Fraser Gilmore, HOS Engagement & Development Manager, Danny Jones, HOS client, Graeme Jackson, HOS client, Tony Carruthers – Military Matters Associate, Christine Jackson, HOS client

Housing Options Scotland (HOS), a Scottish charity offering housing advice to disabled people, older people and veterans is celebrating 20 years of service this year.

Founded back in 1997, the Edinburgh-based organisation has grown from a small operation to a well-established charity helping an average of 500 clients per year. Over the last 20 years, HOS has built-up a reputation of excellence by providing its customers with advice and support on the complex design, financial and legal processes involved in buying or renting a property.

Moira Bayne, HOS CEO, reflects on the company’s 20th anniversary. “We have pioneered agile working, the paperless office and also the use of associates. The board took a brave decision in 2010 to rebrand as HOS and in 2012 to create Military Matters, our veterans dedicated service, was formed. We never turn anyone away who needs our help “

To commemorate this occasion, HOS has invited employees, clients, business partners and local stakeholders to a special anniversary lunch at the House for an Art Lover in Glasgow on Monday 27th November. The event will be a fantastic opportunity to hear some inspirational stories from former clients who have benefited from the charity’s help during their search for ‘the right house in the right place’.

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About Housing Options Scotland

Helping Disabled People, Veterans & Older People To Find the Right House, in the Right Place.

Housing Options Scotland was established in 1997 to provide a unique public access service to all disabled people throughout Scotland. Their main aim is to ensure that disabled people, veterans and older people can access the right home for them. They advise on social renting, private renting, and home ownership.

Housing Options Scotland has three main areas of activity:

  • They assist disabled people, veterans and older people by advising them on, and supporting them through, the complex design, financial and legal processes involved in buying or renting a property;
  • They provide information, advice and training on housing and disability issues to the public, private and voluntary sectors;
  • They raise awareness of the problems their clients face in relation to their housing, and highlight the solutions and opportunities that exist.

Their dedicated team of volunteers are ex clients who have wanted to give something back to the organisation. They also use the knowledge they gain by helping their clients to effect changes in policies and practice.

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