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Older LGB&T housing in the UK: challenges and solutions

Tina Wathern (Stonewall Housing, London, UK)
Robert William Green (Stonewall Housing, London, UK)

Housing, Care and Support

ISSN: 1460-8790

Article publication date: 18 September 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper considers the challenges and solutions in relation to older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) housing in the UK. The purpose of this paper is to identify the key housing issues and concerns affecting older LGB&T people in the UK, and ways in which these might be addressed.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a practical discussion which focusses on the issues of policies and provision in relation to older LGB&T housing in the UK, both specialist and mainstream housing.

Findings

There is a growing body of literature from both the voluntary sector and academic researchers highlighting the housing issues affecting older LGB&T people. There is a need for both specialist and appropriate mainstream housing provision. However, policy and funding issues constrain the creation and/or development of such provision.

Practical implications

Policy makers and housing providers in the UK need to address, and meet, the diverse housing needs of older LGB&T people.

Social implications

Until their housing needs are met, many older LGB&T people remain concerned about their housing futures, and may end up living in housing which is not their preference and which is not suitable for them.

Originality/value

This paper is the first to provide a comprehensive overview of the work of Stonewall Housing’s network for older LGB&T people, and the challenges and solutions which have been identified in relation to their housing issues and concerns.

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Citation

Wathern, T. and Green, R.W. (2017), "Older LGB&T housing in the UK: challenges and solutions", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 20 No. 3, pp. 128-136. https://doi.org/10.1108/HCS-08-2017-0019

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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