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Realities for BME Elders

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The basic aspiration of all older people from BME communities, in relation to housing, is to live in good quality, affordable accommodation in areas where they feel safe and secure.

BME Ownership

However, housing problems, which affect some older people, are more acute for people from black and minority ethnic groups who tend to live in low stock value housing. Though housing status and owner occupation varies between ethnic groups, PRIAE's research has shown that many older people, particularly members of the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities, are more likely to live in poorer quality and overcrowded accommodation which is poorly insulated, unsafe, lack adaptation and in a general state of disrepair. In additional most of the accommodation is in severely deprived areas that have poor access to facilities which maximizes loneliness and social exclusion. Such poor housing is also experienced by other minority ethnic elders and families.