Housing choice and racist hostility

Author(s): Ian Law;  

Briefing series: Better Housing Briefing Paper 4

Publisher: Race Equality Foundation

Publication date: October 2007

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Housing choice and racist hostility
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Extending housing choice for black and minority ethnic households requires consideration of racial discrimination, social and economic inequality and household needs, preferences and aspirations.  Increased opportunities for the expression of housing choice in new lettings systems has improved the choices of location open to black and minority ethnic households, but there is mixed evidence of impact.  Tackling racist hostility and reducing this constraint on housing choice requires renewed work around a ‘Racism Reduction’ agenda, at an individual, local and national level, together with significant improvements in victim support and enforcement.

  • Key messages:
  • Extending housing choice for black and minority ethnic households requires consideration of racial discrimination, social and economic inequality and household needs, preferences and aspirations
  • Increased opportunities for the expression of housing choice in new lettings systems has improved the choices of location open to black and minority ethnic households, but there is mixed evidence of impact
  • Tackling racist hostility and reducing this constraint on housing choice requires renewed work around a 'Racism Reduction' agenda, together with significant improvements in victim support and enforcement
  • Supporting victims and dealing with perpetrators will not change prevailing community-wide racist hostility. More comprehensive strategies are required, and there is a wealth of good practice evidence to inform local action.

Sections:

  • Constraints on housing choice for black and minority ethnic households
  • Increased opportunities in new lettings systems: mixed evidence of impact
  • Tackling racist hostility and reducing this constraint on housing choice: a Racism Reduction agenda
  • Tackling community-wide racist hostility: more comprehensive strategies required