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