We examined the connection between the emotional well-being of workers in the UK domestic abuse sector and their workplace environments. We focused on the challenges faced by these workers, such as financial and housing instability, job stress, burnout, and the paradoxical sense of empowerment and identification with their roles. The study utilized a cross-sectional design.
We know LGBTQ+ homelessness is a problem, but we don’t know much about why, or
who is most affected. Some groups have been extensively studied – especially
young people in urban areas. Others have had very little attention – those over
25, those in rural areas and those not accessing homelessness support services.
This survey is the largest of its kind. It will provide baseline information
about the percentage of LGBTQ+ people experiencing homelessness, how many
LGBTQ+ people have experienced homelessness and risk of homelessness over their
lives, and how many LGBTQ+ people are at risk of homelessness. It will also
improve our understanding of how LGBTQ+ homelessness is geographically
distributed (where LGBTQ+ people at risk of homelessness live), and how age and
identity might affect risk of homelessness. The survey is running until autumn
2023 and open to all UK resident LGBTQ+ adults You can complete it here
Starting in early 2024, we will be looking at how loss of home interacts with
geographic mobility. Queer migration, especially rural to urban, has a dual
resonance. Among policy-makers it has largely been understood in terms of loss
and desperation, while among queer people it has cultural resonance as a theme
of hope, beginning and becoming.
It is complicated by homelessness policies which do not recognise aspects of
queer experience, such as the importance of found families. We will use
narrative mapping to explore the importance of space, place, time and identity
to queer people who have experienced homelessness.
Read our blog post for the UK Centre for Collaborative Housing Impact - What don't we know about LGBTQ+ homelessness (and how you can help us address that)
In May, we gave a talk for the Queer Populations and Policies Network. We asked Can we queer social policy (and should we?)
Trans people are at greater risk of homelessness, but very little work exists exploring their distinct experiences. This Shelter Cymru/ Welsh Government study interviewed 28 trans people about their experiences of homelessness in Wales. We were interested in how well services were meeting trans people’s needs, but also in experiences of homelessness more broadly. If people could not get help from services, who did they seek help from? What forms of community support existed, and how might they be helped to provide in-community assistance? We looked at routes into homelessness, obstacles to resolving homelessness, and ways to improve services and include community expertise.
Homelessness among trans people in Wales Interim project report
England, E. (2022). ‘It’s Not Just About a Rainbow Lanyard’: How Structural Cisnormativity Undermines the Enactment of Anti-Discrimination Legislation in the Welsh Homelessness Service. Journal of Social Policy, 1-20.
Explores how systems operate to perpetrate trans exclusion. Open Access
England, E. (2022). ‘This is how it works here’: the spatial deprioritisation of trans people within homelessness services in Wales. Gender, Place & Culture, 29(6), 836-857. not Open Access - contact me if you would like a copy
Explores the spatialities of exclusion of trans people in emergency accommodation. Note - this is not Open Access - contact me if you would like a copy
England, E. (2022). ‘Homelessness is a queer experience.’: utopianism and mutual aid as survival strategies for homeless trans people. Housing Studies, 1-18.
Explores the importance of community level responses to homelessness, drawing on the 'queer utopianism' of Jose Muñoz. Open Access
Carr, H., Cooper, A., England, E., Matthews, P., Taylor, G., & Tunåker, C. (2022). Queer utopias of housing and homelessness. Housing Studies, 1-18. Explores how we can use Ruth Levitas' utopia as method to propose alternatives to current solutions to homelessness and housing Open Access.