We recognise that the transition and resettlement phase of leaving the armed forces can be a difficult process. Fortunately, when leaving the service there is a wealth of support and advice available to you to find a civilian home. There are schemes that can make the process of buying a home more affordable, or help to find appropriate accommodation for you and your family.
Housing For The Armed Forces Community
The following links can provide further direction to the resources available:
Defense Transition Service (DTS)
The Ministry of Defence runs the DTS in order to provide help and advice for Service members who are about to return to life as civilians.
As well as other programmes, some of which are listed below, they also provide a regular programme of civilian housing briefings in order to provide Service members, and their families, with information about private rental, home ownership schemes, as well as independent financial advice. For more information, go to:
Service Family Accommodation (SFA)
If you are currently in Service Family Accommodation, or are looking for SFA, you should get to know the various services provided by the Defense Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), on behalf of the MOD. For more information, go to:
MOD Referral Scheme
This scheme, run by the DTS, is for Service leavers, and their families, and aims to help eligible candidates in their application for social housing. For more information, go to:
Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex-Services (SPACES)
The Single Persons Accommodation Centre for Ex-Services (SPACES) is an housing advice and placement service for single people being discharged from all three military services. It aims to help the most vulnerable of Service leavers find housing For more information, go to:
The Services Cotswold Centre (SCC)
A tri-service facility based in Wiltshire, the SCC aims to provide “short-term transit accommodation for service personnel and entitled family members. It consists of 41 chalet-style homes and 19 semi-detached units. For more information, go to
Scottish Housing Guide
For Veterans and those leaving the armed forces. To access the guide, go to: