Wheatley Group offers empty homes as temporary homeless accommodation

It is one of a raft of measures aimed at tackling the impact of Coronavirus across Scotland.

Wheatley Group has announced that it will make empty homes available to local authorities as temporary accommodation for people experiencing homelessness.

It is one of a raft of measures aimed at tackling the impact of Coronavirus on the 93,000 homes Wheatley owns and manages, the 7,000 people a year it works for in care and its 2,500 staff.

The group will offer empty properties to the four local authorities it has a strategic agreement with Glasgow, Edinburgh, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian.

Glasgow Cathcart MSP James Dornan said: “In this time of emergency, everyone has a responsibility to do all they can to combat Covid-19.

“I’m delighted to see Glasgow Housing Association and Wheatley Group lead by example and hope this will now be replicated across the sector.”

Martin Armstrong, Wheatley CEO said the group was determined to do all it could, working with its partners, to protect some of the most vulnerable people in society.

He said: “We are committed to supporting the most vulnerable during these extremely difficult times.

“We estimate up to 300 homes across Scotland could be handed on to our four strategic housing partners in the next three months.”

Armstrong added: “Our overriding priority is to ensure tenants and their families remain safe and secure in their homes while safeguarding the welfare and wellbeing of our staff.”

In doing so, the group’s six Registered Social Landlords – GHA, Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership, Dunedin Canmore, Cube, West Lothian Housing Partnership and Barony – are only able to offer a restricted range of services.

He said: “Our dedicated staff are doing a fantastic job in the most difficult of circumstances.

“As always, they have gone the extra mile in creating and adapting to a challenging working environment, helping us put in place a new service model that enables us to support tenants, their families and communities at a time of acute concern.”

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