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Neighbourhood and Housing
Neighbourhood and Housing

Britain is the fifth largest national economy in the world, so Black people should rightly expect to live in secure housing and thriving communities. This is not their reality.

  • Black people are more than three times as likely to experience homelessness than all other ethnicities combined.17
  • While 68% of White households own their homes, only 40% of Black Caribbean households and 20% of Black African households are homeowners.18
  • 15.2% of Black people live in the top 10% of deprived neighbourhoods, compared to 9.9% of the wider population.19
  • In London, Black people are also disproportionately likely to be living in areas with poor air quality.20
  • Black and other Minority Ethnic households are significantly more likely to be living in overcrowded accommodation. The figure for the White population is 2%, whereas for the Black African population it is 16%.21 Black people are also more likely than White people to live in damp conditions.22

Insecure, inadequate housing inevitably impacts Black people’s health and wellbeing and perpetuates disadvantage from one generation to the next. As Black people are significantly less likely to own their own homes, they are unable to accumulate wealth through property in their lifetimes.


Black people are more than three times as likely to experience homelessness

BEO will work with partners and allies to challenge and remove economic, structural and political barriers that contribute to the disproportionate number of Black people living in temporary accommodation and poor housing conditions.