From strength to strength – 30th anniversary of BMENational

Over the last three decades, the BMENational collective, which was founded as the  Federation of Black Housing Organisations (FBHO), has witnessed many changes in the operating environment.
But our core commitment to providing housing, culturally sensitive services, promoting cohesion and investment in BME communities, continues and advances.

Origins – fighting racism in housing

When the Windrush Generation came to Britain, followed by people from south-east Asia, on the heels of earlier migrations from Ireland, they faced rampant racism in the housing system, immortalised by the “No Irish. No Blacks. No Dogs” in the front windows of cheap board and lodging houses.
This form of low-end private landlordism in the 1960s and 1970s, of which Peter Rachman was the emblem, exploited the new arrivals, who usually had very little choice but to accept the low quality accommodation, intimidation and harassment that was on offer.


Read the full article on the 24 housing website here

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The hostile environment: what social landlords need to know

The problems experienced by the Windrush generation highlight the effects of the “hostile environment” created by Theresa May when she was home secretary. Anyone needing rented housing is affected, alongside those going to hospital or applying for a job or bank account. Social housing applicants have long had to comply with eligibility rules but landlords in England now have to check their right to rent. Rough sleepers and those in poor-quality rented accommodation can be affected by Home Office enforcement action. How can social landlords respond? Here are seven tips.

First, it’s vital that housing staff know the rules or can get expert guidance. We at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) have received reports of people being told they are not eligible for social housing because (for example) they are EU nationals or have limited leave to remain. Many people in these groups are eligible and will continue to be after Brexit. You can find all the rules on the Housing Rights website run by the CIH and BME National. Remember that there may be different rules for housing allocations, homelessness and benefits…


Read full the full article on the Guardian website

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Human City Institute – First e-bulletin

The Human City Institute have sent their first e-bulletin! This provides a summary of their latest news about events, fresh reports, policy papers, media coverage, and how to get more involved in HCI’s work. Please forward to colleagues. You can also follow them on Twitter @HumanCityInst


HCI held its 8th annual lecture on 7th February 2018, with Professor Sir Michael Marmot, speaking on ‘Tackling Health Inequalities in British Cities’. The event was supported by main sponsor Black Country Housing Group, together with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), People’s Health Trust, Coventry University, M-E-L Research and Nehemiah UCHA.



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Investing in housing leads to greater health benefits in the long term

Investing in housing leads to greater health benefits in the long term article written by Cym D’Souza

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Human City Institute

Read all the latest news and events on the Human City Institute website 


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