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Housing is the cornerstone of independent living. Without an accessible home disabled people have greater difficulty in accessing education, employment, social and recreational activities. We understand the difficulties in getting a suitable home in a marketplace where demand greatly outstrips supply.

GCIL created a dedicated housing information and advice service in 1999 with an innovative housing grant from the Scottish Government. The service initially offered basic housing information and advice either within GCIL's premises in Brook Street or by offering a home visiting service. man in wheelchair in kitchenGradually a number of resources were developed to help disabled people in housing need. These included a range of factsheets and two complementary databases. The first of these, the Housing Options Register (HOR), recorded details of adapted and accessible housing in and around Glasgow and the second, the Disabled Persons Housing Register (DPHR), recorded details of the housing needs of disabled people who lived or wanted to live in Glasgow. Once developed, the information in these two databases was used to help disabled people identify housing providers who had accessible housing in the areas in which they wanted to live. Disabled people could then choose which housing providers to target and complete the relevant housing application forms. Secondly when a housing provider contacted GCIL with an available adapted property, nominations could be provided from the DPHR database. Eventually in 2007 we launched the Glasgow Accessible Housing Register (AHR). This internet based service allows people to register their requirements for an accessible property and housing providers to register their accessible properties online. The AHR then matches specific features of the property,  the number of bedrooms, location and level of accessibility, to the housing needs of the disabled person. The register seeks to help people find the adapted or accessible property they need and to make the best use of adaptations made to properties.

By using this online system housing providers can find people who really need the accessibility features of their properties quickly and easily and so minimising void periods and lost rent. This service has now been extended to cover the whole of Scotland and has been re-named Home2Fit - Scotland's Accessible Housing Register. Woman in wheelchair in hallwayCheck out the Home2Fit website for more information and to register. For people living in Glasgow who register with Home2Fit we may be able provide additional help and support.

We are unique in Glasgow in that we will look at the housing needs of the person, rather than just looking at what's available within their existing tenure. We work with people to gain a detailed appraisal of their needs and then search across all tenures to get the right house for the person.

GCIL Housing Service is funded and supported by:

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The right house for the right person at the right time

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