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The homes crisis in South Harris is taking its toll on family lives and on business livelihoods. 

Earlier this week SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan, hosted a meeting in Leverburgh between Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP), and others in the community to discuss the urgent need for affordable rented housing in South Harris. . 

Representatives from local groups such as the Leverburgh Community Council and South Harris Community Council highlighted the significant and growing issue of a lack of affordable housing for people in South Harris, and were able to ask HHP about the latest on their planned projects for the area.

Alasdair Allan said:“This was a positive and constructive meeting where community representatives clearly highlighted the impact people’s inability to access housing is having on local communities, services and businesses in this area.

"I would like to thank HHP and the local representatives present for actively engaging on this issue in pursuit of viable solutions.

“It is vital that we all continue to work together to address the affordable housing crisis in Harris, and indeed the whole of the Western Isles.

"A lack of affordable housing has been repeatedly identified as a key contributor to our islands’ depopulation.

"We need to ensure plans for affordable housing in the south of Harris are accelerated as far as possible, given the emerging crisis and the damaging effect already being felt in this community.”