HomeSAFE study

Engaging and exploring LGBT*Q tenant experiences, concerns and preferences about social housing.

About the study

Little is known about the housing needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) people, particularly with respect to social housing, however findings from a small scale research study completed in 2015 prompted concerns about landlord support for LGBTQ+ tenants and possible landlord discrimination. The HomeSAFE study, commissioned by HouseProud and funded by 6 housing associations, aims to find out more about the experiences and views of LGBTQ+ residents in relation to their home, their landlord and their neighbourhood.

The HomeSAFE study has used focus groups and interviews with LGBTQ+ social housing tenants to collect information from people who live in social housing, i.e. accommodation which is owned and managed by a housing association or a local authority, to help identify the main issues being faced by LGBTQ+ residents and to inform practical steps that landlords could take to address them.

Final report

The final study report and recommendations are available online. The report was launched at London City Hall on 15 February and was attended by over 150 people.

Follow up project

We are now working with a range of stakeholders to develop an LGBTQ+ affirmative pledge card. This will enable housing providers to demonstrate their commitment to LGBTQ+ equality and their LGBTQ+ residents.

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Department of Sociology
University of Surrey