Stories

Over the years, we have helped many people in difficult housing situations. Read more about our person-centred approach in the stories below.

“Andrew’s” Story

“Andrew’s” Story

This client's name has been changed to protect their privacy. Andrew approached Housing Options Scotland for support earlier this year. Andrew was suffering from mental health issues following a traumatic accident he was involved in. He felt his parents were...

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Adam’s Story: Saving the Family Home

Adam’s Story: Saving the Family Home

The trouble started when Adam’s father’s interest-only mortgage was coming to the end of its term and he was asked to give back the house. “It’s been the family home since I was in primary 2, so 1994,” Adam explains. “East Lothian is very much where my father is...

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Alan’s Story: Homelessness to Veteran’s Housing

Alan’s Story: Homelessness to Veteran’s Housing

Alan became homeless after a relationship breakdown which came on the back of what he describes as “quite a traumatic 2-3 years” trying to get a mental health diagnosis. While he is grateful to finally have a diagnosis for autism and multiple personality disorder –...

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G’s story

G’s story

This client, G, requested to remain anonymous for the case study. Following release from prison in July 2020, G, a retired veteran, had hopes of a new start and his own place to call home but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a homeless hostel became home for an...

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Senga’s Story: HomeSwapper and Adaptations

Senga’s Story: HomeSwapper and Adaptations

When an operation left her 12-year-old son unable to walk, Senga knew they could not stay at their old, now inaccessible house. “It turned out he had Medulloblastomas cancer – five tumours, so on the 17th, March we got an operation that left him with posterior fossa...

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Louise and David’s Story – Registering as homeless

Louise and David’s Story – Registering as homeless

After years of living in caravans while travelling around Europe, Louise and David* (*names changed) faced homelessness after losing their jobs at a holiday park. Housing Options Scotland broker Karen helped the couple find a home to settle down in by advising them to...

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Alex’s story

Alex’s story

Joan contacted Housing Options Scotland for help to support her son Alex to live independently. After 15 months of exploring different housing options, Alex is now settled in a new home which the family purchased in September 2020. Alex was 16 and keen to live...

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Michiel and Rose’s story: First Home Fund

Michiel and Rose’s story: First Home Fund

Summary: Rose and Michiel got in touch with Housing Options Scotland to support their family’s search for a more accessible home. With the help of the Scottish Government’s First Home Fund they were able buy a fully adapted property just outside of Inveraray on Loch...

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