Funded by the Housing Corporation and carried out in collaboration with Habinteg Housing Association and Asra Housing Association , 2003 – 2005.
What were the aims of the project?
This study examined the experience of black and minority ethnic disabled and D/deaf people, and considered whether government housing initiatives had reduced discrimination and disadvantage for this group.
The prevalence of age-adjusted disability is higher for all black and minority ethnic groups (except the Chinese community) than their white counterparts, particularly for women. Black and minority ethnic disabled people are also likely to have lower incomes and live in inappropriate housing.
How were these aims fulfilled?
We carried out:
- six focus groups of black and minority ethnic service users and carers drawn from the London boroughs of Brent, Camden and Waltham Forest
- six focus groups of service providers from the statutory and voluntary sector, including housing association and housing department staff
- a focus group of policy makers.
Participants were from a range of age groups and backgrounds, and identified a range of impairments, including learning disabilities and multiple impairments.
What we produced
- Different paths: Challenging services – A study of the housing experiences of black and minority ethnic disabled and D/deaf people
- Different paths: Connecting services – A guide to better practice in meeting the housing needs of black and minority disabled and D/deaf people
These reports are available in hardcopy from the Race Equality Foundation.
The project page provides a summary of Challenging Services.