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Understanding SAFE Housing – putting older LGBT* people’s concerns, preferences and experiences of housing in England in a sociological context

Andrew King (Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK)
Paul Stoneman (Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK)

Housing, Care and Support

ISSN: 1460-8790

Article publication date: 18 September 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to put the findings of the Secure, Accessible, Friendly and Equal (SAFE) Housing study, which explored older LGBT* people’s housing concerns, preferences and experiences, in a sociological context.

Design/methodology/approach

The SAFE Housing study was based on a mixed methods research design that included focus groups and an online survey conducted in two areas of England. The paper draws heavily on the theoretical concept of social capital to help to understand and explain the findings.

Findings

Findings are grouped into three broad themes: safety, comfort and trust; connections and community; and imagining the future.

Originality/value

This is the first time that an older LGBT housing study has used social capital theory to interpret its findings. This shows how a focus on issues of trust, social networks and connections is expedient to avoid reductive approaches in research, policy and practice to older LGBT* people’s housing choices, preferences and expectations that concentrate on the individual.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge all those who participated in the research and the University of Surrey for funding the project. Additional acknowledgement must go to Dr Sue Westwood, Keele University, and Dr Ann Cronin, freelance researcher, for their input on the project.

Citation

King, A. and Stoneman, P. (2017), "Understanding SAFE Housing – putting older LGBT* people’s concerns, preferences and experiences of housing in England in a sociological context", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 20 No. 3, pp. 89-99. https://doi.org/10.1108/HCS-04-2017-0010

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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