Hillcrest Homes and Abertay Housing Association have been awarded £175k to help support the 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 a number of areas of the community facing challenges such as isolation, financial difficulty and those with physical and mental disabilities.
To help support those struggling with energy costs as a result of being locked down 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, along with supporting early release prisoners with accommodation and home starter packs.
Following coordination 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 help them to continue these efforts.”
Hillcrest Housing Association was established in 1967 and is one of Scotland’s largest Housing Associations. They provide housing and support in Dundee, Edinburgh, Angus, Perthshire and Fife, with over 5500 good quality, well maintained homes at affordable rents. In each area of operation there are local offices with housing advice teams who can provide an immediate response to the customers.