Welcome to the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) website. We aim to provide information about our services, our projects both new and old, and our plots and houses available to buy or rent. The site will be growing over the next while, incorporating a lot of new content. Be sure to keep coming back to see what HSCHT is working on, and how we can possibly help you or your community.
HSCHT is a registered charity set up in 1998 to help rural communities secure long term solutions to their local housing needs.
Since then we have made affordable rural homes a reality for local households and communities across the length and breadth of the Highlands. We represent a wide range of interests including communities, local government, landowners, crofters and housing associations.
By helping rural communities better understand, present and ultimately meet their needs for additional affordable housing we play an important role in actively supporting their long term viability.
We receive funding from a variety of sources including the Scottish Government and various charitable trusts and foundations in addition to our own income from housing development work and other fee-earning business activities.
New initiative, Community Housing Scotland, has been created to support and aid community led housing!
Thanks to the Nationwide Foundation, HSCHT have been able to expand their services in community led housing across Northern Scotland and Central Belt cities. Working under the name of Community Housing Scotland, we are now able to offer more communities a range of services, including housing development, project management, housing surveys, consultation appointments and more!
Just launched - Scotland's Self and Custom Build Portal!
HSCHT have launched a new website that focusses on the self and custom build market in Scotland. It acts as a hub to provide self builders with all the information, advice and guidance they need for undertaking their own self build journey.
The Self Build Loan Fund was launched on the 7th of September 2018. The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust has been appointed as the agent for this fund. For more information and how you can apply look here: www.hscht.co.uk/scotland-self-build-loan-fund.html