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Future Challenges

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In the future, there are significant challenges around how to provide culturally appropriate housing for older people from BME communities, while maintaining community cohesion and positive community relations in local neighbourhoods.

Diminishing Resources

PRIAE and other BME community organisations have played an key role in supporting older peoples housing needs..pioneering housing solutions for older people as well as building capacity for elders to challenge mainstream housing providers and local authorities to listen and act on their right to autonomy, 'choice and quality of life. However despite being best placed to identify their needs and trusted by communities, they often lack the necessary resources to push further.

Community Engagement

As a huge advocate for BME involvement, PRIAE continually recommends that housing providers engage and involve BME elders in developing and evaluating services, with cultural sensitivity duty and care. Awareness of these solutions should be raised and explained so that BME elders can make an informed choice.

PRIAE Contributions

PRIAE has contributed to the following policy developments on housing:

  • Quality and Choice for Older Peoples Housing: A Strategic Framework'
  • National Strategy for Housing in an Ageing Society
  • Extra Care Housing, Dept of Health and quoted in the Guardian
  • International key note speeches at IAHSA conferences in Brussels and Malta; AAHSA conference in Perth, Austrailia

PRIAE continues to engage closely with the development of national strategy and act as a channel of communication between BME elders and main stream organisations and policy makers.