Tonic, Stonewall Housing and Opening Doors London (ODL) have released a new joint report, Building Safe Choices, which aims to capture ‘the voice of the demand’ of older LGBT+ people.
The research looks to better understand the housing, care and support requirements of older LGBT+ people in London to ensure that everyone is able to choose from a range of options in terms of the support they receive.
With over 620 respondents, the survey was the largest of its kind and carried out in early 2020,
Building Safe Choices found that people wanted:
- Housing, care and support services that are safe.
- Policy makers and providers to recognise their diversity and differences.
- More advice and support around housing and associated services.
The hope is that, with the launch of this report, the voice of demand of older LGBT+ people will be heard,
and positive change will be seen in the options available.
The report also looks at whether people would prefer to live in LGBT+ specific housing, LGBT+ accredited housing or general housing, stating that, 'LGBT+ specific/affirming retirement communities are overwhelmingly popular regardless of financial assets or tenure, but also...LGBT+ accredited retirement housing would be popular.'
In a call to action, the three organisations share five key recommendations for public bodies:
- Formally recognise the needs of older LGBT+ people in policy and practice.
- Co-design a pathway to enable older LGBT+ people to access appropriate services and
- Commit to developing LGBT+ affirming housing in London.
- Promote LGBT+ accredited housing and care services.
- Fund LGBT+ community led services for older people.