Funded by the Oak Foundation this major knowledge and capacity building programme will propel a fundamental step change in the UK evidence base on homelessness amongst people from Black and minoritised ethnic groups in the UK. 

Overseen by an expert research advisory group, the programme offers a comprehensive, authoritative account of the overall statistical picture alongside rich qualitative evidence offering a ‘deep dive’ into key groups, issues and experience of concerns.  All of this with a view to shaping priorities, tools and levers for intervention that can be used to eliminate racial discrimination, disparities and injustices in the homelessness and housing field.   

Our first statistical report on the State Of The Nation was published on 21 November 2022. Find out more here.

You can also now read our second report from the programme by research intern Dr Ionut Cioarta Exploring the Phenomenon of Roma Homelessness in the UK.

Next Steps

We are continuing our quantitative analysis including with more data modelling and new datasets and we are also working on further ‘deep dive’ research topics.

We also are working on a series of qualitative reports. We will soon publish results of a an in-depth analysis carried out with the Runnymede Trust of what homelessness means for different ethnic groups. We have carried out focus groups in 5 case study areas – Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham, Bristol, and Bradford and are focusing in on differing experiences for people of Black, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi backgrounds. Our second research intern, Christiana Ajai-Thomas explored issues facing a sample of young black people with lived experience of homelessness in London, and our third intern, Nifemi Adesina is developing her research plans on race, homelessness and addictions.

We are also continuously working to establish and strengthen partnerships that can effectively communicate and advocate for change.

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