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Addressing the Housing Emergency Faced by the LGBTQ+ Community

It is no surprise that LGBTQ+ people are disproportionately affected by the housing emergency. Shelter’s report, ‘Denied the right to a safe home’, reveals the stark reality of the housing struggles faced by LGBTQ+ individuals.

According to the report, LGBTQ+ people are more likely to live in unaffordable, unfit, and unstable housing. Out of 13,000 people surveyed, 8% of bisexual and 6% of gay or lesbian respondents found it hard to find a safe and secure home due to discrimination, compared to only 3% of heterosexual people.

These findings highlight the complex housing issues and vast inequalities in housing access faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Discrimination in housing can manifest in various ways, including:

  • Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia: Many LGBTQ+ individuals face hostility and prejudice from housemates and neighbours.
  • Family Rejection: A significant number of LGBTQ+ people are kicked out of their homes because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Discrimination from Housing Workers and Service Providers: Bias and discrimination from those meant to provide support can make securing housing even more difficult.Shelter pride image

     

To address these challenges, Shelter has collaborated with Stonewall Housing to provide new advice and resources specifically for the LGBTQ+ community. This partnership aims to combat discrimination and help LGBTQ+ individuals find safe and supportive housing environments. Here are some of the key resources available:

  1. LGBTQ+ Friendly Renting Advice: This resource offers guidance on finding LGBTQ+ friendly landlords and navigating the private rental market. It includes practical tips and advice to help LGBTQ+ individuals secure housing in a supportive environment.
  2. Homelessness Support for LGBTQ+ Individuals: This resource provides vital information on services and support tailored to the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ community. It aims to ensure that those facing homelessness can access the help they need without fear of discrimination.
  3. Combating Landlord and Agent Discrimination: Understanding your rights is crucial. This resource helps LGBTQ+ individuals recognise and address discrimination from landlords and letting agents.

Organisations operating in the housing sector play a crucial role in addressing these disparities and ensuring that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, has access to safe and secure housing. By leveraging these resources and promoting awareness, we can work together to create a more inclusive and equitable housing landscape.

For more information and to access these resources, please visit the links provided. Your support in this important cause can make a significant difference in the lives of many LGBTQ+ individuals.

 

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