Media Release: Funding support extends NE ethnic minority housing initiative

TENANTS First Housing Co-operative has received funding that will allow it to continue its pioneering ethnic minority housing project for a third year.

The funding, which has been received from the Lintel Trust, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Council, will enable Tenants First Housing Co-operative to provide a specialist housing information and advice service for ethnic minorities in the North-east of Scotland.

The project, led for Tenants First by Alison McLaughlin, aims to break down the barriers to housing that people from ethnic minority groups may face. The service is provided to help people understand their housing options, including both social and private housing sectors.

In the second year of the project, Alison has assisted more than 200 people across Aberdeen City and Shire, on matters such as housing allocation and assisted with applying for housing and explaining the rights of private sector tenants.

Commenting on the continuation of the project, Alison McLaughlin commented:  “I am delighted funding has been secured for year three of the project. I am looking forward to building on the contacts I have made, so that I can continue to work with what are diverse and enriching communities.

“The North-east is increasingly becoming one of the most diverse and multi-cultural regions in Scotland to live in, but language barriers can often cause problems with finding accommodation.

“Naturally, one of the first things people want to do when they arrive in the North-east is to find somewhere to stay. But that can be very difficult in a new and often daunting country, especially if you cannot speak English.

“It is for this reason that the project is so important.”

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