Health, housing and the impact on health inequalities

Author: Nower, Kat, Gardner, Zoe, Islam-Barrett, Farah & Butt, Jabeer

Publisher: Race Equality Foundation

Publication date: March 2014

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Over the past 20 years, a growing body of evidence has emerged regarding the negative health effects of living in poor quality housing.  Initiatives aimed at improving the quality of housing have seen significant improvements in social housing and increasingly, social landlords are playing an active role in addressing health inequalities through a range of initiatives.  However, significant challenges exist, including the persistence of poorest quality housing in the private rented sector. A range of groups are over-represented in this accommodation, including older people, people with disabilities, people belonging to ethnic minority groups and homeless families with children.

This report gives the findings of one day learning event from Department of Health, NHS England, Public Health England with joint Voluntary Sector Health and Social Care Strategic Partners.  The aims of the event were to:

  • Highlight examples of good practice in promoting equality and addressing health inequalities in the provision of housing;
  • Provide an opportunity for seldom heard voices, including those of tenants, to participate in identifying good practice and agreeing action;
  • Identify lessons that can inform national policy and practice.

The event also saw the launch of a new Better Housing briefing paper, produced for the Race Equality Foundation by BRE, The housing conditions of minority ethnic households in England.

Presentations from the day are available to download.