It urges social landlords in Scotland to develop simpler approaches in opposition to perpetrators of racial harassment and higher assist for victims
PROACTIVE insurance policies and practices are wanted to supply equitable entry to social housing for ethnic minority communities in Scotland, new analysis concluded.
The examine performed by Shelter Scotland, CEMVO and Heriot-Watt College mentioned wide-ranging organisational enhancements ought to be made to housing techniques and processes with a dedication to making a strategic and sustained anti-racist tradition.
It ought to start with better emphasis from senior administration to advertise anti-racism by partaking with analysis and creating organisational cultures that promote equality of alternative and final result.
Expertise and worry of racial harassment and landlords’ response to racially motivated hate crime impacted dwelling inside social housing, the examine, funded by abrdn Monetary Equity Belief, discovered.
It mentioned social landlords ought to develop “simpler approaches” in opposition to perpetrators of racial harassment and higher assist for victims.
Whereas noting that many people from minority ethnic communities seem to place up with racial harassment with little or no assist from social landlords, the report additionally referred to as for funding in group growth approaches which encourage open and welcoming areas for all.
Whereas the usually small dimension of properties restricted the alternatives out there to people from all ethnic teams, bigger households in some communities confronted extra challenges to find lodging inside the sector. This contributed to greater charges of overcrowding in some ethnic teams, the analysis discovered.
Points confronted by people throughout all ethnic teams included the dearth of affordability of housing within the personal rented sector and residential possession, the monetary struggles of some people of minority teams positioned them at elevated threat of homelessness, it mentioned.
Shelter Scotland director Alison Watson mentioned though Scotland has a few of the “most progressive housing laws on the planet”, it means “nothing if individuals can’t entry secure, safe and inexpensive properties.”
Professor Gina Netto from Heriot-Watt College mentioned pockets of fine follow existed within the housing sector, the proof signifies that the tempo of change in the direction of a extra inclusive sector has been “sluggish”.
This referred to as for “pressing anti-racist motion,” Netto mentioned.