HouseProud was set up in 2015 as the nationwide network for LGBT+ people working in social housing.
Their aim is to provide networking opportunities for LGBT+ staff members and to campaign on/for LGBT+ and housing related issues. We have now signed their pledge to demonstrate our commitment to LGBTQ+ resident equality and support.
HouseProud commissioned a piece of research called No Place Like Home, which looked at the experiences of LGBTQ+ social housing residents. The pledge that we have signed has been developed in response to that report.
Some of the findings of the research were:
- A third of people surveyed felt their neighbourhood was not a safe place to live as an LGBTQ+ person – this was 60% amongst trans respondents.
- 36% reported that they were uncomfortable having neighbours in their home – a figure that rose to 91% for trans individuals.
- Only a half of people surveyed felt a sense of belonging to their neighbourhood, and a quarter reported feeling lonely.
- 21% of people surveyed said they were uncomfortable with repairs people entering their home. A fifth of gay men reported that they regularly modify their home if visited by their landlord or a repairs person to make their sexual orientation less visible.
- A third of survey respondents felt that their landlord was not able to deal effectively with issues such as harassment.
What is the HouseProud Pledge?
In particular, the pledge tackles the issue of resident trust – it provides a framework for landlords to work with involved residents to take action and demonstrate their commitment to LGBTQ+ equality and support.