It is hoped that a new £4m fund from the Scottish Government will help bring empty homes and highstreet spaces back into use.
The fund is to be used to revamp empty homes and convert derelict commercial spaces into affordable housing, reports Inside Housing.
Under the scheme housing associations will be able to apply for part of the fund and it will also be available to private developers and administered by the government.
The funding is part of the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership which is run by the charity Shelter Scotland.
Margaret Burgess, housing minister, said: “Good quality, affordable housing is at the heart of this vision and transforming empty, disused spaces into comfortable homes makes sense. There are an estimated 27,000 long-term private empty homes in Scotland and it makes sense to make the best use possible of these properties when homelessness still exists.”
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