This report outlines the challenges faced by Gypsy and Traveller people in Hackney in attaining secure accommodation.
Gypsy and Traveller people frequently struggle to navigate the housing system and are unable to access suitable housing. Conducted through interviews with individuals supported by London Gypsies and Travellers, the research explores the multifaceted issues people within these communities encounter.
The report finds that young Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people are struggling to navigate the housing system and unable to access suitable housing.
Out of the 56 young people taking part in the project, 30 were homeless when they accessed the service. The main causes of homelessness were overcrowding in either a house or a pitch on a site. Others were homeless because their parents were suffering financially or they were fleeing domestic abuse.
The project uncovered significant barriers facing homeless young Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people who are trying to access housing services. These included not feeling safe, not feeling heard, language barriers, discrimination and a lack of action in the housing system.
- Provide more culturally suitable accommodation
- Make homelessness services accessible and inclusive
- Resource and convene regular meetings between Gypsy, Roma and Traveller residents, council officers and other relevant stakeholders to address housing concerns and develop solutions
- Train council and housing offers on risks and challenges faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller residents
- Learn from good practice such as Enfield, which has set up a company that can rent properties directly to tenants, allowing them to remain on the housing register and bid for properties despite being in the private rental sector
Read the full report for more detail on these recommendations and full findings.
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About London Gypsies and Travellers
London Gypsies and Travellers is an organisation dedicated to advocating for the rights and wellbeing of Gypsy and Traveller people in London. With a rich history spanning several decades, the organisation has played a vital role in addressing the unique challenges faced by these communities. It works to promote social inclusion, combat discrimination, and ensure access to essential services such as education, healthcare, and secure accommodation.