Welcome to BMENational

We are

a collective of housing associations who work in diverse neighbourhoods. We are committed to delivering new homes, regenerating our communities and playing our part in tackling the housing crisis. We work with policy holders and decision-makers to improve people’s lives through tackling housing inequality.

Black Lives Matter

We stand in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and have long campaigned against the widespread racial injustice faced by our community. We recognise that the issue of racism, surrounding the murder of George Floyd and others like him, is not simply specific to the US. The systemic racism faced by Black people in the UK is our collective responsibility to change and it is vital that we work to understand and acknowledge this to create a more equal future, both for our colleagues and customers.

Racial injustice in the housing sector in England has a long history and deep roots. Tackling this will be a focus of ours in the coming months.

To start things off we have arranged a joint webinar with the Housing Diversity Network on 3rd July – Black Lives Matter -What Can You Do?

One of the speakers Tracey Gore, Chief Executive of Steve Biko Housing Association pens here deeply personal thoughts on our blog page.

Latest News

October Housing Right Newsletter is out now

The newsletter from the CIH and BMENational features material on helping Afghan evacuees, a piece from Rebecca Walker on EU nationals’ rights to benefits and one by Pascale Robinson at Praxis on ending the ‘no recourse’ rule. Ewa Jamróz from Migration Yorkshire explains some of the problems facing new arrivals from Hong Kong, and there…

Bangla HA Covid-19 project showcased at housing conference

The National Housing Federation’s Housing summit was held on 19th October 2021. The work of Bangla Housing Association was showcased at the Summit, as an example of how locally based initiatives can help communities recover from the pandemic. The association’s COVID Advice Project, involved Bangladeshi-speaking Health Advice Project Workers delivering COVID advice to 10,000 Bangladeshi…

Unity announces appointment of new Chief Executive 

Cedric Boston is the new Chief Executive of Leeds-based BME housing association Unity Homes and Enterprise.  He had served as Unity’s Interim Chief Executive since December 2020, replacing Ali Akbor OBE who was appointed to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Panel.     Mr Boston has over 30 years of senior level experience in social housing.  He is…

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We have a national membership and work closely with a range of partners.

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