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Building Safe Choices

'Building Safe Choices: older LGBT housing futures' is a feasibility study conducted by Stonewall Housing into the current provision of housing and related care and support for older LGBT people.

As Bob Green, CEO of Stonewall Housing says "Our ambition is that older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people, whatever their history and background, can make informed choices about their housing, care and support from a range of safe and appropriate options."

"Home is a particularly important space for older LGBT people: it is where they feel safe," said Julia Shelley, the report's author. "Despite some providers setting out good intentions and improving their practice, older LGBT people are still uncertain about what they can expect in the future. Many fear the worst.

"One of the key findings of the report is the importance of choice for older LGBT people: there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It sets out four future housing options, along with a number of recommendations:

·         New housing schemes: to support and encourage the development of specialist older LGBT housing schemes, as well as LGBT affirmative housing schemes across all tenures

·         People living together: to provide advice and support to individuals who want to work together to create their own housing solutions, like co-housing;

·         Naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs): for housing providers to identify and support the growth of NORCs, which have the potential for building older LGBT communities without the need for additional new investment;

·         People staying in their homes: to encourage housing and care providers to develop good practice and greater understanding of the needs of older LGBT people.

Download the report: http://bit.ly/1Q17YGf

Visit the website: http://www.buildingsafechoices.org.uk/ 

Visitors can add their thoughts about the four housing options, share experiences and ideas, and continue the debate about the future of older LGBT housing.

The feasibility study was funded by The Big Lottery and Commonweal Housing. 

The report was written by Julia Shelley, who has over 25 years experience in Third Sector organisations working with older people, carers and the LGBT community in the areas of community, social care and housing.

Posted on 20 June 2016 by Hamish McDonald

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Update: Survey Results

Thank you to people who took part in our recent survey. The results will help evidence need and support for our advice service. The results are now available:

Summary of key findings: 

  • 84 LGBT+ Londoners took part in the survey 
  • 95% believe London’s Housing crisis is getting worse
  • 98% believe there is a need for LGBT+ specific advice, advocacy, and support services.
  • 95% believe the grants program should continue.
  • 95% believe discontinuation would negatively impact the LGBT+ communities of London.

There were also some great suggestions on what services people would like to see developed. Read the full report here. 

Posted on 1 October 2015 by

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Save your Services

London Councils are currently looking into whether the grants programme should could continue past 2017 and if so what it's priorities are. We are calling on our communities to help save our service

Thanks to London Councils funding Stonewall Housing has worked in partnership with a range of other LGBT organisations working with thousands of LGBT people across London to help them live happier, healthier and safer lives.

Our current partners under London Councils include:

Stonewall Housing

Galop

Albert Kennedy Trust

PACE

Broken Rainbow 

LGBT Switchboard 

London Councils is a key, important funder of services for LGBT Londoners. Without funding from London Councils, these vital and life-saving services for LGBT Londoners will not continue.

London Councils are currently deciding whether to continue their grants programme past 2017, and if so where cuts could be made.

Please can you respond to the consultation and help us to fight for the continuation of your LGBT services

services. It will take about 30 minutes to register and complete.
Closing date is next Friday 02.10.15.


Ways to help:

1. complete this 3 min survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B5KWR8C  Deadline is Friday 2nd October at 10.AM


2.If you have time complete the full survery see below, this option will take about 30 mins. 

Your support will help secure future funding for LGBT people who have been through a dreadful experience..

Thank you for your support in protecting London’s LGBT services. 

We have created template with the answer that can be cut and pasted into the online survey. Feel free to adapt this to something that suits you.

DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE

 

LINK Visit London Councils site to complete

 

Please join us in campaigning to save our services. 

Posted on 28 September 2015 by Bob Green

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Head in the Clouds

Bob Green, our CEO, writes about his recent trip to the U.S. visiting 3 cities with affordable housing schemes, set up for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and his dream when he started working at Stonewall Housing 10 years ago of starting housing for older LGBT people within the United Kingdom.

Stonewall Housing are delighted to have received funding from the Big Lottery and Commonweal to undertake a feasibility study to determine whether there is a need for such a scheme.  We'll be working alongside the Homes and Communities Agency, and Freshfields Law Firm to carry out the feasibility study, which we hope will attract further investment and delivery partners to make our dream a reality.   

For a week in August, Bob travelled over 11,000 miles with just a carry on bag, crossing 8 time zones, spending over 24 hours in the air, visiting schemes in Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Los Angelesto ask whether their older LGBT housing might happen one day in the UK.

You can watch Bob's fascinating video diary made during his trip here.

You can read the full Commonweal blog article here.

Posted on 22 September 2015 by

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