Reinforcing race equality in housing
Published by traceybignall for Race Equality Foundation in Housing
The Changing Times: the future of race equality in housing conference on 22 October 2008 in London. The event was led by a panel of black and minority ethnic service users talking about what their ideal housing service would be like. After hearing their views, Iain Wright, Junior Minister for Housing, emphasised the importance of tenant and resident participation in housing. He also stressed the need for a diversity of tenants, representatives from tenants and residents organisations and housing practitioners to feed into the wider debate on the reform of housing services.
The Changing Times conference enabled delegates to hear about opportunities to mainstream race equality in practice, by inspiring partnerships such as those formed through the Accommodate project by hact. Delegates also discussed issues for practice relating to black and minority ethnic older peoples housing needs, disabled children and their families, tenant participation and minority ethnic housing needs in rural areas. The enforcement and regulation of race equality through housing providers and the new housing agencies was reinforced by presentations from the Audit Commission and Communities and Local Government. Speakers from both organisations emphasised the need to embed good equalities practice throughout all the functions of an organisation.
Presentations from this event are available at the Foundations website www.raceequalityfoundation.org.uk
To feed into the wider debate on housing reform, go to the e-forum set up by the Chartered Institute for Housing on http://housingreform.cih.co.uk/