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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




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.


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.


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.


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.



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.



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