The Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association (SVGCA) is a discreet, private charitable landlord housing only disabled veterans in Scotland. Founded in 1915, SVGCA is one of Scotland’s oldest military social housing charities. SVGCA was described recently in 'Context' – the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation – as making 'one of the most impressive contributions of any voluntary housing body in Scotland during the inter-war period'.
The qualifying permanent disability need not have been incurred in service and includes chronic illness. SVGCA works closely with the Tri-Service Personnel Recovery Centre and priority is set against those in greatest need, facing potential homelessness.
The estate, located on 74 sites throughout Scotland, consists of 645 houses currently of varying sizes and types, of which the majority are two and three bedroomed houses, some on two floors.
Houses are rented for life, do not come up often and consequently, there is a long waiting list.
If you would like to be considered for a space on the waiting list please click the button below for an application form.
Alternatively you are welcome to call the SVGCA Housing Manager on 0131 285 3292.
“I was one of the lucky ones. The blast killed two of the best Marines in 42 Commando and also killed our Afghan interpreter. Life since then has revolved around the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and rehabilitation at Headley Court. A life-changing incident like that means I have to rethink everything. The first thing that goes is your independence and the great thing about being offered a house from the Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association is that you immediately get your independence back. I now have a place that I can call my own. I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Lance Corporal John ‘JJ’ Chalmers (late Royal Marines Reserve)
12th April, 2017
Ann is presented with her BEM
1st March, 2017
New Cottages opened at Carnoustie
28th June, 2016
New Cottages opened at Inverness
2nd July, 2015
Her Majesty The Queen marks SVGCA Centenary