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. Detail on the history of Douglas Haig Memorial Homes is at the bottom of the page.
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 specific and individual needs of severely wounded and disabled Servicve and ex-Service people. Haig Housing also offers a wide range of housing advice to the Service community and is the Strategic Housing Partner of Help for Heroes.
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.
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 1930’s, 1950’s and 1990’s. Some are subject to the nomination rights of the original service or regimental organisation which donated the funds for the building. The properties in Jersey are subject to residential qualification for the States of Jersey. The properties are generally on small well managed estates ranging in size from about six houses up to the largest estate in Morden of over 270 homes and are located in over 50 different local authorities. The properties are mainly 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 occupancy at Bristol, Haslemere (Hampshire), Morden and Woolwich (London). Some properties are suitable for the frail, elderly and people with disabilities.You can see the spread of housing on our Locations pages.
Applicants for housing by the Trust are normally assessed using a points system which combines Service Points and Need Points. Allocation of accommodation 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 A Guide to Tenant Selection & Property Allocation.
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.
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.