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About HouseProud

HouseProud was set up in 2014 as the network group for LGBT people working in social housing.

We now have around 50 represented organisations, from across the South East, East Anglia and the Midlands varying from housing associations, ALMOs, local authorities and care providers.

 

Our Aims

To be a forum for sharing information and promoting best practice across the industry and with HouseProud members

To support HouseProud members in their development and help mentor each other;

To raise awareness of LGBT issues across the industry;

To Influence policy and boards/decision makers;

To develop partnerships and support other organisations

To be a network and safe space for LGBT housing staff

To be a support and advocacy service for HouseProud members

Improve service delivery for all our service users

We are reliant on donations for our work, and are managed by a steering group of volunteers from across the our membership, who are elected each autumn at our AGM.

 

Membership

Membership is very simple (and free)- providing you are employed in social housing, you can be member - simply email our membership officer Pamela, here . If you work in a sector that supports us you can also join.

We have members from all these providers:

A2Dominion

Anchor Hanover

B3Living

Campbell Tickell

Catalyst

Central and Cecil

Clarion

Freebridge

Guinness Partnership

Habinteg

Hackney Homes 

HCA

Hexagon

Homes Group

Housing for Women

Isos

L&Q; 

LB Kensington and Chelsea

LB Lambeth

Lewisham Homes

Greater London Assembly

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Network

Newlon

NHF

Notting Hill Genesis

NU Living

Octavia

One Housing

Optivo

Origin

Outward Housing

Peabody

RBKC

Riverside

Reigate & Banstead

Shepherds Bush

St. Mungo's

Southern

Stoll

Stonewall Housing

Swan

Tower Hamlets Homes

Trowers

Wandle

West London Mission.  

Greater Manchester

There is also a HouseProud Greater Manchester who cover Greater Manchester and have a page here

 

Bolton at Home

Calico Group

Equity Housing Group

Great Places Housing Group

Home Group

Irwell Valley Homes

MSV

Northwards

One Manchester

Onwards

Salix Homes

Stockport Homes

Riverside

We are reliant on donations for our work, and are managed by a steering group of volunteers from across the our membership, who are elected each autumn at our AGM.

Sign your organisation up to the HouseProud Pledge Project today!

We are now actively challenging the sector to sign up to out Pledge Project - you'll be in very good company, and together we can make our homes better for our LGBT+ residents. Here's what it's all about, and please download our latest booklet

 

 

What is the HouseProud Pledge Scheme?

The HouseProud Pledge is a scheme that all social housing providers (housing associations, local authorities and ALMOs) can sign up to, to demonstrate their commitment to LGBTQ+ resident equality and support.  It has been developed by HouseProud and the University of Surrey in association with residents, staff members and sector leaders to address the issues raised by the findings of No Place Like Home?’, the largest study ever undertaken to understand LGBTQ+ experiences of social housing.

 

Why is it needed?

The home is of central importance to LGBTQ+ residents, because it should be a place where people can freely express their sexual orientation and/ or gender identity without fear or prejudice.  Sadly, despite recent changes in equality laws, LGBTQ+ residents continue to experience discrimination in their everyday lives, including in relation to their housing.  Our research found that 60% of trans respondents did not feel that their neighbourhood was a safe place to live and one in five gay men reported modifying their home in some way (e.g. moving pictures or books) to hide their sexual orientation from a visiting repairs operative or housing officer.  A third of respondents also felt that their housing provider was not able to deal effectively with issues like harassment.

 

What is the opportunity?

Residents told us that they want their landlord to move beyond token gestures – the HouseProud Pledge provides a framework for landlords to work with involved residents to take action and demonstrate their commitment to LGBTQ+ equality and support.  With the recent launch of the Social Housing Green Paper, the Government has called on the sector to empower residents and strengthen accountability. The HouseProud Pledge has been designed to help housing providers work with involved LGBTQ+ residents and foster positive relationships.

 

What is involved?  

Many housing providers already work with LGBTQ+ involved residents – signing up to the Scheme offers recognition for this.  The HouseProud Pledge scheme is based on two levels of accreditation – Pledge Pioneer and Pledge Plus.  We ask that all housing providers deliver three core commitments to foster engagement with LGBTQ+ residents (Pledge Pioneer).  Following the delivery of these, landlords can work with involved residents to co-design projects and achieve the higher level of accreditation (Pledge Plus).

 

How do I sign up?

Signing up to the HouseProud Pledge is free of charge. If your organisation has not yet signed up, you can do so now. Simply email HouseProud_LGBT@outlook.com with ‘HouseProud Pledge’ in the title and we’ll get back in touch to confirm some details and get the ball rolling.

The Network for LGBT People Working in Social Housing

The HouseProud response to the government's green paper on housing

 

Housing and the home are of central importance to LGBT+ residents because they offer a space where people can feely express their sexual orientation and/or gender identity without fear of prejudice or reprisal.  Our ‘No Place Like Home’ research, which we launched earlier this year, highlighted the need to rebalance the relationship between residents and landlords, particularly as many LGBT+ residents do not believe that they were being listened to or treated equally by their landlord.

Based on the findings of the research, our response highlighted the need for swift and effective handling of complaints that relate to harassment and discrimination as well as complaints where safety is a concern.  It also outlines the progress that we’ve made in developing our pledge scheme, to follow-up on the findings of the research and help landlords to affirm their commitment to LGBT+ equality and support.  We believe that our pledge scheme model could be replicated by others to engage residents to help influence decision-making and improve outcomes.

HouseProud welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Government’s Social Housing Green Paper.  

Writes HouseProud Policy Officer and Clarion's Senior Policy Analyst John Stevens

Download our response here