The next step on our journey to developing affordable community-owned housing is to find out about housing needs in our community. Affordable housing is housing which someone living and working in the community can afford to buy, or housing for rent available at a monthly rent which can be afforded by someone on a local wage.
We wish to find out how many people and families are in need of affordable housing in Moniaive and Glencairn. Affordable housing can include homes to buy at below market value, self-build homes, homes to rent and community owned & managed homes to let. Affordable housing also includes homes for young people looking to set up on their own and older people who may find their existing house too big and/or expensive to run and less suitable for their current needs.
We are working with Dumfries & Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust (DGSCHT), who seeks to enable affordable homes for local people in small rural communities. A survey has gone out in the post to all households in the Glencairn area, but you can fill it out online if you prefer. Please share with anyone who has left the area having been unable to find an affordable home and who may wish to return. The more responses we have, the stronger our case for affordable housing.