Diverse Cymru Housing Survey
Dear friend,

Diverse Cymru regularly responds to consultations and calls for evidence from the UK and Welsh Governments, National Assembly for Wales, local councils Local Health Boards and other public sector organisations.

Recently there has been a focus on housing. This includes:
• Affordable (social) housing
• Housing options to meet the needs of an ageing population
• Housing for disabled people
• How welfare reform has affected different people

All Diverse Cymru’s responses are based on the voices of people from diverse communities in Wales. We would like to hear your views to help inform our responses and solutions. We would be grateful if you could fill in the attached. You do not have to answer every question. If you do not feel a question applies to you just skip it. More information will help up to understand more details of your experiences.

All responses are anonymous. We will not use any details which could potentially identify you or anyone else. Equality questions are only used to identify where there are different views and experiences for different communities.

If you want to give your views in a different way or in more detail you can:
• Come to our have your say event in Cardiff:
Tuesday 22 August 2017, 10.00 pm – 1.00 pm
Taff Housing Conference Suite, 307 – 315 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1JD
• Write down your experiences and send them to us
• Be interviewed in person, by Skype, or by telephone

You can register for the have your say event by contacting:
Email: azim.ahmed@diverse.cymru

Post:
Azim Ahmed
Diverse Cymru
3rd Floor, Alexandra House
307-315 Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff
CF5 1JD

If you need help filling in this questionnaire or have any queries, please call Azim Ahmed on 029 2036 8888.

Dr Azim Ahmed
Researcher

Question 1: What do you like about where you live now?
Your answer
Question 2: What don’t you like about where you live now?
Your answer
Question 3: Is there anything that you find a challenge (or an issue) about where you are live at the moment?
If “Yes”, what are these?
Your answer
If you said “Yes”, do you think these challenges will become more difficult in future?
If you said "Yes", why?
Your answer
If "No", do you think there will be any challenges in the future?
If "Yes", what do you think these challenges will be?
Your answer
Question 4: What is important to you when you choose housing now?
Your answer
Question 5: What do you think will be important to you when you choose housing as you get older?
Your answer
Question 6: Is moving something you expect to do now or in later life (please tick all that apply)?
Please explain why:
Your answer
Question 7: Would you have any issues or worries about moving?
Please explain why:
Your answer
Question 8: Do you think there is enough housing for people with accessibility needs? (e.g. people with vision or hearing impairments, wheelchair users, people with reduced mobility, people with mental health conditions, etc…)
Please explain why:
Your answer
Question 9: Is your house large enough for your family?
Question 10: What effect does your current housing situation have on your health and well-being, including mental health?
Question 11: Please let us know what you think should be done to provide appropriate housing for all or any of the following groups.
In particular, we are interested how different people with several of these identities might face unexpected or as yet unconsidered forms of disadvantage.

- Older people and younger people
- Women and men
- Disabled people (people with physical, sensory or learning impairments, people with mental ill health, people with a long-term health condition)
- Black and Minority Ethnic people (including Gypsies, Roma and Travellers)
- Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people
- Transgender people
- Faith communities
- People on low incomes
- People who are pregnant or on maternity leave
- People from more than one of the groups above

Your answer
Question 12: Have you been affected by “welfare reform”? (for example: lower housing benefit payments; the over-occupancy rules or so called ‘bedroom tax’; changes to Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, or Employment Support Allowance; changes to Carers Allowance or Attendance Allowance; or benefit sanctions).
If “Yes”, please explain how:
Your answer
Question 13a: Right now, would you prefer to buy, to rent or part-rent/part-own a property?
Question 13b: In later life, would you prefer to buy, to rent or part-rent/part-own a property?
Please explain why:
Your answer
Question 14: What support do you think is needed to help people afford housing and manage their housing finances?
Your answer
Question 15: What housing choice would you make as you get older? Please rank in order of preference 1 = first preference, 2 = second preference etc.
a) I’d like to stay in my home for as long as I can. When and if I need support in the future, I could call in help from others.
b) I’d like a small bungalow or flat in my community, close to family and friends and within easy reach of local shops, services and facilities.
c) I’d like to live in a place where I have my own space but where I am part of a community of others in a similar situation. I would be completely independent whilst at the same time feel safe and informally supported. (Supported Housing)
d) I would like to move into a retirement housing complex where there is professional care and support if I want it or if my needs change. I would still have my own space and I’d be living close to other people with similar needs. I could have help with bathing and dressing or have a hot meal cooked for me if I chose. I would also be able to have a social life on my doorstep. (Extra Care Schemes/Retirement Villages)
e) I’d want my own space and would also like to feel part of a small community where people share facilities and interact with each other. As a resident, I would have a say in the way the community is planned and managed. (Housing Cooperative)
f) I’d happily share my home with someone else in a way which is mutually beneficial. If I had a large house, for example, I would consider sharing my home with a younger person who is struggling to raise the deposit to buy a home for themselves. We could help each other out. (Homesharing)
g) My first choice would be to live amongst people at different life stages. A housing complex made up of families with children, couples, singles or moving in with members of my own family.
h) It would be important to me to be surrounded by people who share my language and/or culture and to be amongst people who understand me. A place where I can continue to live as I have always lived without fear of exclusion or harassment.
i) I would want to live with my family or extended family who can support and care for me as I grow older.
j) None of the above? We would like to know if none of these options feel right for you. Please tell us if you would opt for something different.
Please explain your choices:
Your answer
Question 16: How effective do you think Welsh Government and UK Government policies, building regulations, and legislation are in increasing the supply of accessible and affordable homes?
Please explain why:
Your answer
Question 17: How safe do you feel where you live now?
Why do you feel safe or not safe?
Your answer
Question 18: Have you ever tried to get accessible or adapted housing?
If you answered “Yes”, how would you describe the process?
Please describe your experience of applying for or getting accessible/adapted housing?
Your answer
Question 19: Have you ever tried to get adaptations to a home or adapted/accessible equipment for a home?
Please describe your experience of applying for or getting accessible/adapted housing?
Your answer
If you answered “Yes”, how would you describe the process?
Please describe your experience of applying for or getting adaptations to a home or adapted/accessible equipment for a home?
Your answer
Question 20: What can be done to make your home more accessible and comfortable?
Your answer
Question 21: How accessible and age-friendly do you find businesses?
Please explain why:
Your answer
Question 22: How accessible and welcoming do you find streets, parks and public areas?
Question 23: What can be done to make businesses, parks, streets and public areas more accessible and welcoming?
Your answer
Question 24: How involved do you feel in local decisions on housing and neighbourhood design?
Please explain why:
Your answer
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