BHA focus on older tenants

AFTER targeting its younger tenants for the past two years, Berwickshire Housing Association is switching focus and addressing the concerns of its elderly residents.

Using grants from government and charitable trusts, the housing association has managed to develop some important services to support young people to get a start in the world.

There’s been collaboration with both Berwickshire and Eyemouth High Schools on the Next Steps Programme to prepare young people for living independently and the housing association has also placed young people on work placements through the Working Rite initiative.

But now BHA are thinking about tenants at the other end of the spectrum. With cuts in local services and fuel bills on the rise, the Duns based not-for-profit social landlord wants to ensure that older tenants can stay safely in their own homes.

A number of options have been been discussed as to how BHA can achieve this. These include: more outreach work to older tenants to ask them for their concerns and ensure they have the support and help they need; and bringing forward a programme to insulate homes to higher standards to help decrease fuel bills.

“Despite the difficult times and lack of government grants we are determined to keep improving what we do and to ensure that those most in need get the support that helps them to manage when times are tough,” commented chief executive Helen Forsyth.