Mince Pie Mingle #SH30/27

Our recent sale of mince pies and rainbow cake and other baked sweet things, along with a raffle for a Christmas Cake raised over 130 quid for our Out of the Cold campaign. Thanks to all who baked and sold and bought!

Posted on 9 December 2013 by Hamish McDonald

Older LGBT Housing Guide #SH30/26

Stonewall Housing and the Manchester Older LGBT Housing group are pleased to announce the launch of The North West Housing Guide for the older LGBT community.

Manchester has the largest LGBT community outside London, which is an important part of the social and cultural history of the City and the North West.

As a group we feel there is uneven national and local information to support the Older LGBT Community with their housing options. We shouldn't also forget many of those that fought to make the lives of the LGBT community easier will now be approaching retirement. Indeed, sexual orientation and gender identity do not disappear on retirement.

Therefore, as the Stonewall Housing - Manchester older LGBT Housing Group we are proud to be the first to have produced this housing guide for the older LGBT community. We are hopeful this guide will provide support in the maze that is housing and give a better understanding of housing options.

If you are an older LGBT person in housing need or you know an older LGBT person in housing need, you can download a copy of the guide free of charge here.

download PDF

This is number 26 in a series of 30: Stonewall Housing at 30.

Posted on 6 December 2013 by Hamish McDonald

Category older LGBT housing

Celebrating living with Stonewall Housing #SH30/25

Celebrating 30 years of providing safe spaces for young LGBT people.

"Stonewall Housing has six houses in London supporting young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and we have really appreciated Diane Abbott and Lynne Featherstone taking the time to visit our accommodation in their constituencies during our 30th anniversary year. Despite recent legal achievements for the LGBT* communities, the numbers approaching us because of family breakdown, harassment and domestic abuse is increasing. Thanks to funding from Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Newham Councils our housing offers young people who often have no family support, safe housing with support to achieve their full potential." (Bob Green, CEO)

"For most of our young LGBT* clients, being with Stonewall Housing not only represents the security of a safe space but also an opportunity to restart their lives and achieve a stable grounding in life-skills. Many have been deprived of a loving affirmative family or community. Many have suffered from sustained emotional, physical and psychological abuse. Some have been targeted and victimized. All have been denied safe shelter. By supporting clients to reframe their lives and reconnect with their own resources we see them increasing their own access to life-sustaining choices. By receiving consistent, guided support a client’s engagement with their life reboots. Our clients are more confidently able to regain access to education, apprenticeships and volunteering, and negotiate employment. Within the LGBT* affirmative environment that SH provides, clients report and demonstrate a greater capacity for peer-to-peer support and community engagement. This is perhaps their one opportunity to install a robust sense of self-determination, drive and direction, to become the authentic adults (citizens) they are meant to be." (Alex Kylen, Operations Manager)

(We recently wrote about one of our clients, Karine, being shortlisted for The Prince's Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards, supported by Evening Standard. Karine's story is simply the latest success experienced by SH clients.)

Check out the links below for information of Lynne Featherstone's visit to one of our houses, where she met with staff and clients

This is number 25 in a series of 30: Stonewall Housing at 30.



Posted on 2 December 2013 by Hamish McDonald

Category supported housing

Out of the Cold Campaign #SH30/24

Some are predicting that this will be the coldest winter in over 60 years.

This is bad news, especially for those people facing a night sleeping rough on the streets. Anthea called our advice line this morning after being kicked out of her family home. The reason why she was 'asked to leave' was that her parents found out that she was a lesbian. As I write this appeal, our advisers are ringing around the hostels on her behalf, asking if there are any vacancies. No good news, not so far.

Each year we are contacted by over 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT*) people who have nowhere to sleep. Many of those people have complex needs. The may have experienced homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate crime and domestic abuse. They may have health issues, such as, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, drug or alcohol problems, hearing impairment, or be living with HIV. They may have been evicted from their home because the rent is too high or they have lost their job. Whatever their background, age, ethnicity or gender, finding safe affordable accommodation when there is no one supporting you is hard in most places but it's virtually impossible in London. Therefore it's easy to see why so many of our LGBT* homeless people are open to exploitation.

But it doesn't have to be like that. Anthea has just found accommodation. It's only a Bed and Breakfast hotel but it will get her though the night until one of our advisers can complete a full assessment of her housing needs. Surviving the streets is made easier if you can see light at the end of the tunnel.

Our housing advice team is there to help vulnerable homeless people find accommodation every day, via the daily advice line and drop-in surgeries spread across London. Our specialist LGBT* supported housing team provides a unique service for young LGBT* people most at risk. We provide the only lesbian/bi/trans women's hostel and the only hostel for BME LGBT* people in the UK. Our older people's network helps older LGBT* people identify housing, care and support that's useful for them and our domestic abuse services support those who face crisis within their own homes and personal relationships.

We are delighted that Stonewall Housing has just received a grant to support services that work with people living on the streets to work better with LGBT* people but we need your help so we can answer more calls, support more people and develop more services that help people off the streets and in from the cold.

Please give us a donation - either a single gift or set up a regular direct debit for whatever you can afford:

£15 will sponsor a young person in supported housing for a day; £100 for a week; £450 for a month
£5000 will sponsor a room in our supported housing, giving refuge to a vulnerable young person for a full year.

You can make your donation through Paypal.

If you or anyone you know identify as LGBT* and are homeless or in housing need, please contact us.

With your support, we can bring LGBT* people in, out of the cold, off the streets and support them in finding safe housing.


This is number 24 in a series of 30: Stonewall Housing at 30.

Posted on 28 November 2013 by Hamish McDonald

Join Our Team! #SH30/23

Application packs are now available for new roles in Stonewall Housing's team - please click below for details and note the changes to the closing date for applications.

DVA Rough Sleeping Project MC Corp Fundraiser November 2013.doc


This is number 23 in a series of 30: Stonewall Housing at 30.

Posted on 22 November 2013 by Hamish McDonald

Category advice

New Training Guide launched #SH30/22

Last year Stonewall Housing provided consultancy, training and workshops to over 200 organisations.  

This week we launch our new training guide.  Find out how Stonewall Housing can provide training tailored to your organisation's needs: download PDF

This is number 22 in a series of 30: Stonewall Housing at 30.

Posted on 21 November 2013 by Hamish McDonald

Category LGBT housing training

Stonewall Housing client nominated for Prince's Trust award

Karine Harris is one of nine young people from across London who have been shortlisted for a prestigious award.


Karine has been nominated for The Prince’s Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards, supported by Evening Standard, to be held 21 November at the Emirates Stadium.  

Read her inspiring story here. 

Posted on 21 November 2013 by Hamish McDonald

Category supported housing

Anniversary year sees record numbers seeking housing advice #SH30/21

As Stonewall Housing celebrates its 30th anniversary year in 2013, our annual report shows a rise in numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people seeking housing advice and support.

More people are in housing need, living on lower incomes with higher housing costs and fewer housing options. Some of the headlines from the report:

  • 60% of callers state that their housing issue is directly related to their sexual orientation or gender identity, with the two biggest issues being domestic abuse and harassment. 
  • 25% of callers are street homeless or sofa surfing. 
  • More of our communities are experiencing family breakdown and relationship breakdown, which has risen by 40% compared to the same period last year.
  • The numbers facing eviction or repossession, living in insecure accommodation or can no longer afford their housing has increased alarmingly by 550%, while the numbers living in substandard or overcrowded housing has increased by 300%. 
  • Housing for LGBT communities cannot be considered outside of health and other personal issues. 45% of callers live with mental health problems and the number with a physical health problem increased by 20%. The number of people living with HIV has doubled since the previous year and the number with dependants and/or children has increased by 64%.
  • We have worked with a diverse range of people from all communities in London. Nearly 65% of callers identified as black, Asian or from minority ethnic communities; Nearly 33% of callers have a disability; More callers identify as trans or gender queer (now 15%). The numbers of people in employment has risen by 51% which may be related to the welfare reforms beginning to have an impact on LGBT communities.
  • 42% of those moving into our supported accommodation had been living on the streets or sofa-surfing. The overwhelming reasons why young LGBT people approach us for supported accommodation is because of harassment, domestic abuse and family breakdown, and we have been able to support more clients this year into more secure accommodation.

It is encouraging that Stonewall Housing has been able to announce that our advice services have grown in 2013 to meet this increase in demand and our projects such as LGBT Jigsaw, LGBT Domestic Abuse Forum and Older LGBT Housing Group continue to influence other agencies to improve their work with LGBT people. However, the threat of future public sector funding cuts means we must continue to negotiate for the continued funding for our vital services, review how we can reduce costs and attract new funding to develop our vital services.

As we approach a new year we need your help.

Please donate what you can and also consider joining us. We are also on the look out for new Management Committee members to help shape our direction in the future.

Stonewall FINAL Accs 2013.pdf


This is number 21 in a series of 30: Stonewall Housing at 30.

Posted on 15 November 2013 by Hamish McDonald

Category advice

LGBT Rough Sleepers: #SH30/20

Our CEO Bob Green spoke to Gaydio about the Homelessness Transition Fund award that we've been granted: this will improve services for rough sleepers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).

We are delighted about this grant because rough sleeping is becoming a major problem for the communities we serve. 10% of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that approach us for advice and support are living on the streets. This project will raise awareness of the issues faced by the LGBT communities and share innovative solutions across three cities: London, Manchester and Brighton. With this grant we will be able to bring together homelessness agencies, councils and LGBT groups, and involve LGBT people who have experienced homelessness themselves, to reduce the number of LGBT rough sleepers.


This is number 20 in a series of 30: Stonewall Housing at 30.

Posted on 8 November 2013 by Hamish McDonald

Category services

ROAR: what you said #SH30/18

Nearly half of those who were LGBT survivors of domestic abuse experienced more than 20 incidents before they sought help.

This was just one of the findings of the survey we conducted with LGBT survivors of domestic abuse. We wanted to find out what the lived experience of domestic abuse is like, and whether survivor had tried to find help. Nearly 70% said that they hadn't sought out advice or support from organisations.If they turned to anyone for help, it was most likely to be a friend or a family member. 

The report was discussed at the ROAR conference held in London on 20 September. "It was a timely conference, and report," Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation and one of the keynote speakers at the conference, said afterwards. "It was a great honour to join you today."

"We are grateful to all the people who attended the conference," said Maria Sookias, Co-ordinator of the LGBT domestic abuse forum, and Development Manager at Stonewall Housing. "We will review all the discussions and produce a final report including recommendations for organisations providing services for LGBT survivors of domestic abuse. Survivors need to feel confident that they will be treated with respect and dignity, and from their feedback, this does not appear to be the case at the moment."

For further information about the report, please contact Maria.

Or download a copy of the summary PDF 

 This is number 18 in a series of 30: Stonewall Housing at 30.

Posted on 23 September 2013 by Maria Sookias

Category LGBT domestic violence

Who we support #SH30/17

Last year, we supported 21 young people to find secure accommodation.

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 This is number 17 in a series of 30: Stonewall Housing at 30.

Posted on 9 September 2013 by Bob Green

Category supported housing

Be the heart: #SH/16

Show your support for Stonewall Housing. Be the heart. Take a pic. Send it to us. And we will add it to Pinterest.

To view the images that we've received so far, visit our Board on Pinterest. 

 This is number 16 in a series of 30: Stonewall Housing at 30.

Posted on 2 September 2013 by Bob Green

Home is where the heart is: #SH30/15

Need to chill down at the weekend? Want a safe space to meet and take five? Get down to the LGBT Heart cafe, a cafe at the heart of the community.


Run by Stonewall Housing, the café is for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and friends: a safe LGBT space for you.

“We’re running the café for eight weeks over the summer to begin with,” Alex Kylén, Operations Manager at Stonewall Housing, says. “It’s a safe LGBT space: a place where LGBT people can come, have a cup of coffee or a cold drink, and get together with each other.”



The café, at the junction of Balls Pond Road and Essex Road, is usually run by the St Paul’s Steiner School, but with term time over, the school has very kindly allowed Stonewall Housing to use the space. “We want this to be a place where people feel safe, and welcome and where no explanation is needed because of their sexuality or gender identity,” Alex continued. “So far, we’ve had loads of locals coming in to say hello, and have been welcomed with open arms by the local community.”



The LGBT Heart Café (which is normally called Two Sugar Loaves) will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 til 4.00, and on occasional weekdays as well. Stonewall Housing have put a rainbow banner in the window, and will be selling home baked cakes to celebrate our 30th birthday.

In addition, we’ll be asking people to use the disposable cameras in the café to take photos of themselves making the shape of a heart with their hands. These photos will then be added to the wall of heroes that we’ve created in the café. 


The LGBT Heart café’s address is: 194 Balls Pond Rd, London, N1 4AA

View The LGBT Heart cafe in a larger map

Follow the LGBT Heart cafe on Twitter! @lgbtheart

This is number 15 in a series of 30: Stonewall Housing at 30.

Posted on 26 July 2013 by Bob Green

Volunteering for One Small Step: #SH30/14

If you want to volunteer for One Small Step, let us know and we will send you this lovely guide.




Send us an email, and help your community!

Or you can download a guide to volunteering for One Small Step instead.
download PDF

This is number 14 in a series of 30: Stonewall Housing at 30.

Posted on 22 July 2013 by Tina Wathern

Category older LGBT housing

Sign the e-petition: #SH30/13

We think the Government should provide emergency / refuge accommodation for trans* survivors of domestic abuse and/or hate crime: do you?


Sign the petition here.


This is number 13 in a series of 30: Stonewall Housing at 30.

Posted on 12 July 2013 by Maria Sookias

Category LGBT domestic violence

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