The Housing Strategy Team Monthly Update - July

Area Partnership Engagement

This month, the housing strategy team were invited to more community groups within the Preston, Seton, Gosford area partnership to chat all things housing.

We were invited to ‘Lunch with the Bunch’ in Prestonpans, a project run by the ‘Pennypit Trust’ for those over 60 to come together for a blether and a meal. There, members spoke of adapting homes to suit needs and growing older in East Lothian.

We were put through our paces at Port Seton’s ‘Walking Football’. Participants, who come from all over East Lothian, spoke of the growing concerns over the cost of living and their priorities for infrastructure within the county.

Virtual Workshops with East Lothian Council Colleagues

We continued virtual workshops with colleagues from East Lothian Council’s housing department.

The ‘Accommodation’ team discussed with us the impact of hidden homelessness and the importance of housing education for young people.

We heard of the positive work Tenancy Support Officers do within the community and the growing need of the service.

The Prevention team addressed the importance of promoting prevention services to reduce homelessness and discussed potential consequences of the cost of living crisis.

Have your say

July launched the third in our series of housing surveys. This month focused on the needs of older people, looking at the current and future priorities for homes and services as we age in East Lothian. The survey is available here and will close on 8 August.

Our survey aimed at those aged 16 to 30 will be available through the Consultation Hub on 8 August. This survey will ask the current housing needs, future goals and concerns from young adults within East Lothian.  

Research into East Lothian’s private rented sector continued this month and will run throughout August. Tenants and landlords are still needed to voice their thoughts in our surveys.