Tonic report: Building Safe Choices 2020

Tonic, Stonewall Housing and Opening Doors London are proud to have teamed up to conduct much-needed research to better understand the housing, care and support requirements of older LGBT+ people in London. The results of this research are released today in the Building Safe Choices 2020 report. 

With over 620 respondents, the survey was the largest of its kind and carried out in early 2020, closing mid-lockdown. All three organisations are committed to continue working together to make sure that LGBT+ affirming housing, care and support becomes available to meet the demand.

Key findings show that respondents want: 

  • housing, care and support services that are safe
  • policy makers and providers to recognise their diversity and differences
  • more advice and support around housing and associated services

The launch of this report aims to ensure that the voice of demand of older LGBT+ people will be heard, and that there will be positive change in options available. 

With this, the report’s five key recommendations for public bodies:

  • Formally recognise the needs of older LGBT+ people in policy and practice
  • Co-design a pathway to enable older LGBT+ people to access appropriate services and housing
  • Commit to developing LGBT+ affirming housing in London
  • Promote LGBT+ accredited housing and care services
  • Fund LGBT+ community led services for older people.

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