Extra care housing scheme report

Published: 10 January 2024
Last updated: 10 January 2024
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Our extra care housing scheme report

In April 2020, LGBT Foundation secured funding from Homes England for a year-long project to better understand the housing and support needs of LGBT people aged 55+ in Greater Manchester and involve them in strategic planning, including the country’s first purpose-built LGBT Extra Care Scheme.

To ensure that the voices of the communities were at the centre of the planning for the scheme, LGBT Foundation launched a survey asking people about their current finances, their housing situation, their care needs and their thoughts on what an LGBT Extra Care Scheme would look like.

This survey ran between 17th June and 2rd August and received 349 valid responses. It was primarily promoted via social media and email bulletins, but there was also an advert placed in Manchester Evening News to reach those who may not have internet access.

This report reveals the different experiences within LGBT communities and what LGBT people want from the Extra Care Scheme and other services in the city. It also reveals the overwhelming delight that the dream of LGBT-affirmative extra care housing may be soon a reality.

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