Overview

*Haig Housing Trust, known as Haig Housing, was formed in 2008 as a‘sister’ charity to Douglas Haig Memorial Homes (Haig Homes). The two Trusts were amalgamated on 1st October 2013.

The object of Haig Housing is to provide housing assistance to ex-Service people and/or their dependants. Currently this object is achieved by letting general needs homes at affordable rents to the ex-Service community, and providing tailored housing solutions to suit the individual needs of severely wounded and disabled veterans. Haig Housing also offers a wide range of housing advice to the Service community and is the Strategic Housing Partner of Help for Heroes.

The Trust has over 1,400 properties throughout the UK which are a mix of family-sized houses, flats, maisonettes and bungalows, built mostly in the 1930s, 1950s and 1990s. The properties are generally on small, well-managed estates ranging in size from six houses up to the largest estate in Morden of
over 270 homes. These are located in over 50 different local authorities. Some are subject to the nomination rights of the original Service or regimental organisations which donated the funds for the building. The properties in Jersey are subject to residential qualification for the States of Jersey.

The properties are for rental only, unless they are under the Shared Ownership Scheme. Haig Housing does not have any sheltered, residential or nursing homes. The majority of homes are suitable for families and only a small number of properties are suitable for single applicants. You can see the spread of housing in our Location and Property Search.

To be considered for housing, applicants must have a British Armed Forces connection and be in housing need. Applicants for the Trust’s Shared Ownership Scheme and the Special Needs Housing are considered on a case by case basis. If you are interested in the Shared Ownership Scheme, please visit the Special Needs Purchase page to see if you are eligible.

Applications are assessed using a points system which combines Service Points and Need Points. Priority is normally given to those with greatest need except where this would lead to unsustainable tenancies, inappropriate use of the housing stock or unstable communities.

For full details, please download our A Guide to Tenant Selection & Property Allocation help sheet.

History

Douglas Haig Memorial Homes, known as Haig Homes, was established as a Charitable Trust in 1929 as a memorial to Field Marshal Earl Haig of Bemersyde KT GCB OM GCVO KCIE in recognition of his work to highlight and solve many problems facing ex-Service people and their families. He was particularly concerned with the plight of those disabled during their service in theatres of War and the difficulties created by this in their civilian lives. The Trust had two main periods of expansion in the 1930s and 1950s with further housing added during the 1990s and 2000s. Further properties are being built on the Morden estate during 2017/18.

The Trust also incorporates the Housing Association for Officers’ Families (HAOF), established in 1916 by Mrs Willie James. HAOF and Haig Homes amalgamated in 1995.