Housing support services help people to live as independently as possible in the community. They can be provided in the individual's own home or in temporary accommodation such as hostels for homeless people
Housing support services help people manage their home in different ways. These include assistance to claim welfare benefits, fill in forms, manage a household budget, keep safe and secure, get help from other specialist services, obtain furniture and furnishings and help with shopping and housework. They also include community alarm services in sheltered housing. The type of support that is provided will aim to meet the specific needs of the individual.
The Scottish Government is responsible for overall policy on housing support services. It manages the Housing Support Forum for the exchange of ideas, monitoring developments and contributing to policy on housing support.
The Scottish Government also runs The House Key, which offers practical help for service users and practitioners by listing services, what they do, who they are for, and how to get them.
The Housing Support Enabling Unit is funded by the Scottish Government to provide support and assistance to housing support providers.
Housing support services were previously delivered through the Supporting People Programme.