2017 Scottish Housing Day aims to help public make informed choices
This year’s official Scottish Housing Day will take place on Thursday the 21st September, it has been announced.
Following a successful launch in September 2016, this will be the second annual Scottish Housing Day and is led by the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland in partnership with a range of housing sector partners including Shelter Scotland, the Tenant Participatory Advisory Service (TPAS) Scotland, the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO), the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), the Tenants Forum, Homes for Scotland and the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL).
The purpose of Scottish Housing Day is to raise public awareness of the latest developments in housing and the different options potentially available when deciding where to live. The aim is to give the public easier access to the resources they need to make properly informed housing decisions. Key themes for the second annual Scottish Housing Day will include addressing the specific challenges facing younger people in accessing housing, enabling older people to live longer in a home suited to their needs and raising awareness of the positive impact of legislative reform on raising standards in the private rented sector.
It is expected that housing organisations across Scotland will host a variety of activities throughout Scotland to mark this year’s Scottish Housing Day. Over the next six months, anyone taking part is being encouraged to promote what they have planned to mark the occasion using social media and the hash tag #scottishhousingday.
Commenting on the announcement of the date for this year’s Scottish Housing Day, CIH Scotland Executive Director Annie Mauger said:
“Following last year’s very successful first ever Scottish Housing Day, we want as many organisations and individuals as possible to get involved in this year’s day and to join us in celebrating all that the amazing people who work in housing do. We also want to communicate more effectively the different options that people potentially have when choosing where to live. We are particularly concerned about young people’s aspirations around having their own home and also how older people can plan their housing choices as they continue living independently for longer.
“We also want to raise awareness of the benefits of legislative reform in the private rented sector, which should hopefully make private renting a positive experience for the growing number of people now living in that sector – or choosing to live in private rented accommodation in the future.”
Notes to Editors
1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at www.cih.org
2. Scottish Housing Day 2017 will take place on 21st September 2017. The initiative is being led by CIH Scotland in partnership with a range of housing sector partners including Shelter Scotland, the Tenant Participatory Advisory Service (TPAS) Scotland, the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO), the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), the Tenants Forum, Homes for Scotland and the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL). A dedicated website about Scottish Housing Day is already available at www.scottishhousingday.co.uk and will be updated with further information about Scottish Housing Day 2017 as this becomes available.
3. For further information, please contact: Alex Bruce at Orbit Communications on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07747 636504.