The House Key

The House Key aims to provide good quality information about housing support services throughout Scotland.

Housing support services are mainly provided by local authorities, housing associations and voluntary sector organisations. They help a wide range of people to live independently in the community, by providing practical support and advice. People who may benefit from housing support services include:

  • older people;
  • homeless people;
  • people with physical or learning disabilities;
  • people with mental health problems;
  • people with drug or alcohol problems;
  • people with HIV or AIDS;
  • care leavers; and
  • women escaping domestic violence.

There are many different kinds of services. Examples include home adaptations for disabled people; visiting support to help with housework and shopping; resettlement support; and community alarms. Services can be provided in someone's own home or within temporary accommodation such as homeless hostels and refuges.

This site provides a Directory of Housing Support services, divided into three separate search facilities:

The search facilities enable you to find out more about individual services. Information includes descriptions of services and details of what they do; who they are for; and how to get them. You can also search for services by organisation.

The House Key website is maintained by the Housing Support Team in the Scottish Government. The Housing Support Team acknowledges the assistance of the Elderly Accommodation Counsel, in supplying data on sheltered housing and home adaptation and repair services.


The Scottish Government seeks to ensure that the information published on The House Key website is up to date and accurate, but its contents do not constitute legal or professional advice and the Scottish Government cannot accept any liability for actions arising from its use.

The Scottish Government cannot be held responsible for the content of any external links.