Better Housing

Funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government’s ‘Tackling Race Inequalities Fund’, 2008-2011. Although our funding under TRIF has now finished, we will continue our work under the Better Housing project. 

Contact Kat Clayton or contact Tracey Bignall

What are the aims of the project?

The Better Housing project seeks to develop a national evidence-based resource to help housing practitioners:

  • improve service provision for black and minority ethnic communities
  • embed race equality in their day to day work.

We have produced a number of resources as part of the Better Health project, including briefing papers, a website, a monthly newsletter, and social media accounts. We also have attended number of local, national and regional events to distribute the Better Housing briefings and disseminate information about the project.

Better Housing briefing papers

Central to the Better Housing project is a collection of evidence-based briefing papers containing research, good practice tips, resources, and key messages targeted towards frontline housing practitioners. Although the papers focus on a variety of different issues and ethnic groups, overarching themes include:

  • the impact of personal or institutional racism on black and minority ethnic service users and staff.
  • limitations in the provision of culturally, ethnically and linguistically appropriate housing services.
  • obstacles to participation and engagement by black and minority ethnic service users in housing services, such as segregation, dispersal or language.
  • intersections between age, disability, gender, faith, poverty and ethnicity.
  • best practice examples to tackle discrimination and disadvantage.

View a list of Better Housing briefing papers (external website)

Better Housing website

Better Housing (external website) provides access to the full collection of Better Housing briefings, alongside supplementary collections of related resources, weblinks and events listings. The site also provides news and current affairs information to highlight the changing legislative background to equality issues, and provide guidance to help practitioners embed good practice in their everyday work.

The sites also allow practitioners to participate in the project by putting forward their own research and events information.

To suggest themes for future Better Housing briefings, please contact Kat Clayton.

If you would like briefings for distribution, or for a member of staff to speak about the issues covered by the Better Housing briefing collection, then please do get in touch with Kat Clayton.

Find Better Housing online

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You can find past newsletters here.

You can also join the Better Housing discussion list (external website)