How can we improve housing for new migrants in the UK?
Aiming to change the circumstances of new migrants who are experiencing disadvantage and poor housing.
The Housing and Migration Network was set up to:
It was jointly established by HACT, and its funders, JRF and the Migration Foundation, part of Metropolitan Housing Partnership.
The Network has been chaired by JRF's Chief Executive, Julia Unwin, and driven by a diverse group of 20 policy influencers and practitioners from the public, private and voluntary sectors. The group has explored practical solutions to the pressures placed on housing and neighbourhood cohesion by continuing migration.
UK Migration: the leadership role of housing providers (JRF, August 2011)
This study demonstrates that social housing providers can and do play a pivotal role in housing new migrants and supporting good community relations at neighbourhood level. It also shares best practice from areas in which local authority officers and politicians respond to fast-changing populations by joining forces with housing providers and local people, including migrants themselves, to take an integrated approach to new migration.
UK migrants and the private rented sector (JRF, April 2012)
Endorsed by Advice UK, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the National Landlords' Association and Shelter, this is the first national report to explore the needs and experience of new migrants who live in the private rented sector. It provides evidence that they are not only more likely to live in this sector than any other, but also that there is a greater likelihood that they will end up in its poorest sub sector. The report outlines some practical solutions that local authorities, housing providers and voluntary and community groups have developed to bring about improvements, albeit in a context where there is great competition for privately rented housing and increasing diversity in its provision and use. The report promotes solutions that incentivise good landlords but are tough on the small minority of bad landlords.
Housing and Migration: A UK guide to issues and solutions practice guide (CIH, June 2012)
A comprehensive guide to migration aimed at housing providers and everyone concerned with housing needs and relationships between new migrants and longer-term residents in local areas. It shares the findings, knowledge and solutions identified by the Housing and Migration Network. It provides national context but its narrative and solutions are predominantly rooted in neighbourhoods.
A list of the Housing Migration Network members can be found on page 51 of the guide.
This draws on the experience of Hope Housing in Birmingham and provides guidance for effective joint working between social housing providers and charities supporting destitute migrants, particularly where social housing providers are willing to lease properties for use by destitute migrants at no cost or a peppercorn rent.
The Network is promoting the Housing Rights website, which helps migrants and housing advisers understand entitlement to social housing.
CIH was an active member of the Network and its policy adviser John Perry has written the Network's reports. In recent years, CIH has worked jointly with JRF and HACT on housing and migration issues and including Opening Doors a project developed jointly with HACT, which may be of further interest.