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Leith homeowner tackles high cost of home essentials – The NEN – North Edinburgh News

Leith homeowner tackles high cost of home essentials – The NEN – North Edinburgh News

Dealing with the High Cost of Household Essentials

Harbour Homes is working hard to help tenants with the high costs associated with moving and managing a home.

Since April this year, Harbour Homes has:

  • Invested £30k in housing starter packs for new tenants to purchase high-quality second-hand furniture from the Four Square Edinburgh Initiative. Eligible tenants receive
    a voucher worth up to £500 (the amount varies depending on what is required) to choose their furniture and have it delivered for free. They can also purchase
    new items such as crib mattresses and bedding
  • £15,000 secured funding from Turn2us Edinburgh Trust to give tenants access to one-off grants for items such as furniture, flooring and appliances, and to
    alleviate the cost of living crisis
  • Create a £6k carpet/flooring fund for tenants who cannot otherwise afford floor coverings
  • Allocated £3k to an appliance/washing machine fund for tenants

Fiona Whitelaw, Tenant Advice Team Leader at Harbour Homes, said: “With the cost of living crisis showing little sign of improving and changes to the Scottish Welfare Fund, unfortunately many of our tenants are finding it increasingly difficult to afford essentials such as flooring, furniture and appliances.

“We are really proud of all the work we are doing to secure and release funding so people can get these essential items into their homes.”

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