HHT leads for the ex-service charities on housing matters in the UK, and raises funds for the provision of suitable housing through its Coming Home campaign. Since 1929 Haig Homes has provided good quality housing to ex-service personnel in need and now has 1,350 properties throughout the UK.
In 2008 the Haig Housing Trust was established to expand its range of services to the service community including advising on property purchase, offering rental of disabled friendly property where needed, and low cost rental and co-ordination of adaptations to housing, often in an agency role on behalf of other charities.
The design of adaptive aids used in the home, from hand rails and grab handles to wheelchairs, is derived mainly from hospital equipment. These aids are often unnecessarily clunky, obtrusive and unattractive. Feedback from HHT’s disabled tenants and other disabled ex-service personnel will provide SBID with the data to promote the design of more streamlined adaptation equipment so we can more effectively lobby government.