Stories

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

Ciaran’s Story

Ciaran’s Story

The client's name has been changed to protect their privacy. Ciaran approached us recently after receiving a Notice to Quit from his landlord. His leave date was drawing near, and he was concerned about becoming roofless. Ciaran had moved to Scotland just before the...

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Sam’s story

Sam’s story

by Emmy Idaewor, student intern Sam* got in touch with HOS when she was staying with a friend who planned to move home. The past few years had been tumultuous for Sam. Her physical and mental health had declined leading to a change in her housing situation, and her...

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“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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Alexander’s Story

Alexander’s Story

Alexander is an armed forces veteran who came to Housing Options Scotland for advice earlier this year. He had been sofa surfing on and off for almost 13 years and had been trying to find accommodation that was secure. “I was sleeping between a couple of friends’...

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Colin’s story

Colin’s story

Colin's story Colin contacted us through his support worker Dawn, from Sight Scotland Veterans. Colin had bilateral sight loss and his vision had started to deteriorate. Colin was living in a two-bedroom flat on the third floor in Edinburgh. Unfortunately, the...

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David and Adam’s Story

David and Adam’s Story

David and his wife were living in East Renfrewshire, with their son Adam living nearby. Adam has Down Syndrome, significant health conditions and was living in Supported Accommodation. With Adam settled living independently, David and his wife decided to downsize and...

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James’ Story

James’ Story

James came to Housing Options Scotland for support earlier this year, at the recommendation of his mental health adviser. He had been sofa surfing since the beginning of the pandemic, mostly between his parents’ respective homes. Difficulties with his mental health...

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