Moniaive Affordable House wins Empty Homes Award

at the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership Annual Awards Ceremony on 2nd February 2021

Moniaive Initiative are very pleased to announce that we have won the “Best Long Term Empty Homes Restoration Project” – for our house renovation at Sawmill Green, Moniaive. #scottishemptyhomes#emptyhomes2021

A big Thank You to Mike Staples of (SOSCH) for collecting the award for us, and to SOSCH for all their help along the way. Thanks also go to the Rural Housing Fund and SSE Renewables for funding the project; to our main Contractor, JW Vernon Ltd, for completing the project under very difficult circumstances; and to all the local volunteers who helped us to make this project happen.

Mike Staples (SOSCH), Bill McLarty (Chair, MI) and John Murray (Treasurer, MI) outside Sawmill Green, with the Award for Best Long-Term Empty Homes Restoration Project 2021

Mike Staples, Chief Executive at SOSCH said: “Everyone at SOSCH is really excited about this award because it recognises the role community-led housing can play in bringing empty properties back into use as bright, safe, secure, warm and accessible homes.  We’re delighted for the team at Moniaive Initiative whom we worked in partnership with over several years to secure ownership and funding to redevelop Sawmill Green, and who have demonstrated that new locally managed affordable housing supply in our rural communities can be provided through existing properties”. 

Moniaive Initiative Chairman, Bill McLarty, said “This award is a lovely way of recognising several years’ of hard work by a range of people from across the community.  We would just like to thank everyone who helped us to make this project happen.”