SAFE Housing Project

The SAFE (Secure, Accessible, Friendly, Equal) Project has been investigating current housing provision and housing options available to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as they get older. The Project has been conducted in London and Shropshire, with focus groups and a survey, and the findings from the study will be disseminated to a range of housing providers, government agencies, charities and LGBT community groups and advocates, in addition to LGBT people themselves in July 2016. 

There has been very little research exploring what older LGBT want in relation to housing as they get older. Some research suggests that like all older people, older LGBT people want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, but that they want support services to treat them with dignity, respect and above all not discriminate against them because of their sexuality or gender identity. Research has also suggested that older LGBT people are particularly wary of residential and sheltered housing. There have been reports of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in these contexts, from staff and/or other residents. All of these things may affect how LGBT people think about housing later in life. Yet studies also suggest that many older LGBT people haven’t made specific plans related to housing in the future. This project has been exploring these issues and will shortly feed this important information back to policy makers, housing providers, housing developers and LGBT community organisations and advocates at a dissemination day and future research event at the University of Surrey on 18th July 2016. 

For more information please contact the lead project investigator, Andrew King andrew.king@surrey.ac.uk 01483 686982.

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