Black and minority ethnic young people and housing

Author(s): Deborah Phillips ;  

Briefing series: Better Housing Briefing Paper 8

Publisher: Race Equality Foundation

Publication date: April 2008

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Black and minority ethnic young people and housing
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This briefing looks at the housing experiences, needs and aspirations of black and minority ethnic young people aged between sixteen and twenty-five. It aims to inform housing providers of ways of improving services to this diverse group, arguing that we need to listen more closely to the voices of young people in order to design and deliver improved housing services. The briefing draws attention to key issues of choice, affordability, diversity and the prevention of homelessness among young black and minority ethnic people.

Key messages:

  • Social housing is becoming increasingly important for black and minority ethnic young people, but they worry about their choices
  • Black and minority ethnic young people would like to live in a wider range of locations than their parents' generation, but they face obstacles
  • There is a growing diversity of needs and preferences among black and minority ethnic young people, but some young people feel that these are overlooked
  • Supported housing can reduce the risk of homelessness among vulnerable young people
  • Resources can be targeted through local research

Sections:

  • Social housing: an increasingly important option
  • Obstacles to widening the range of locations
  • Is the growing diversity of needs and preferences being overlooked?
  • Supported housing can reduce the risk of homelessness
  • Resources can be targeted through local research