If housing providers aren’t already ensuring that their services meet the needs of more diverse communities, they’ve had a pointed reminder in the results of the 2011 Census now being released. Everyone knows that migration has affected the size and the composition of the population: in the last ten years, just under three-quarters of population growth has been due to immigration.
The Housing and Migration Network is urging social landlords to make a difference to the lives of destitute asylum seekers and other migrants in the UK. To help do this the Network has launched a destitution pack highlighting how housing associations and charities can work together to provide short-term housing, as well as the support needed to prevent homelessness. It is based on a Hope Housing model developed by Hope Projects in Birmingham.