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BIG STEP FORWARD FOR VETERANS HOUSING PROJECT
The sale of land for new housing for veterans in Glasgow has gone ahead after months of fundraising and negotiation.
The site at Bellrock Crescent in Cranhill has been sold by the City Council to Scottish Veterans Residences for the development of housing with specialised support that will focus on helping ex-servicemen and women who have recently left the forces to make a successful transition to civilian life.
Facilities and staff at the development will be concentrated on helping veterans in Glasgow overcome issues with health, education and employment to return to stable, fulfilling lives as civilians.
There will be 51 flats in all: 21 will be 'mainstream' one and two bedroom affordable rental flats. The remaining 30 will be in the supported block which is aimed at helping veterans who are experiencing difficulties such as homelessness, mental health problems, employment problems (usually many of these are combined and related) make a successful transition to civilian life. Five flats will be fully adapted for wheelchair use. The supported unit will have additional facilities such as a training kitchen/café, IT training room, kitchen garden, gym, classroom, counselling rooms and treatment room. SVR staff will provide intensive housing management to help tenants maintain their tenancy and both they and partner organisations will assist with training, education, employment and health issues. Tenants are expected to stay for a maximum of around 18 months before they are ready to move to mainstream housing and hopefully gainful employment.
Ian Ballantyne, Chief Executive of Scottish Veterans Residences said: "We are absolutely delighted that this sale has been completed. Those who return from conflicts often face more difficulty in civilian life than they ever did while serving and this development will not just provide quality housing, but the essential support that we believe our veterans deserve when they leave the forces."
The project has been supported generously by military charities Scottish War Blinded, ABF The Soldiers Charity, Poppyscotland, RAF Benevolent Fund and Seafarers UK. £4.73M has been raised so far towards a target of £6M and SVR hope to start building in Summer 2012 and open around the end of 2013.