Housing sector has ‘failed to address migration’
The housing sector has not got to grips with migration and the way it affects neighbourhoods, the chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has said.
In the foreword to a guide to providing services to migrant groups published by the Chartered Institute of Housing yesterday, Julia Unwin says: ‘Unfortunately most of the sector has still not got to grips with migration, and the dynamic of change in neighbourhoods.
‘For example, local housing strategies often ignore its effects. Indeed, many social landlords who have started to look at the issue have been surprised by the way that migration has already changed the profile of their customers.’
The guide has been produced after two years of research which concludes migrants are now a key client group for most housing organisations.
Net migration is projected to account for just under two-fifths of the 232,000 new households expected to be created every year by 2033, the guide suggests
‘UK-born and foreign-born people are equally likely to be living in social housing (about 17 per cent of the population in each case),’ the guide says.
‘The overall effect is small but growing: in 2009/10 less than 10 per cent of tenants were non-UK citizens.’
John Perry, policy advisor for CIH and author of the guide, said: ‘Housing providers need to know more about new communities that exist in the areas in which they work in so they can adequately deliver the appropriate services.
‘This guide will help you identify these communities, understand their needs and enable you to find out about and work with migrant community groups and support organisations.’