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

BMENational Statement on the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities Report

Our overall feeling on reading the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (or Sewell) Report is of disappointment and disbelief. The report is at heart incoherent and inconsistent. Disappointment that it views racism through a particular political lens, and disappointment that it adds nothing to the debate about tackling racism, and takes a discredited and…

Housing Rights Newsletter

How new immigration rules affect housing and benefits The first newsletter of 2021 from the CIH and BMENational focuses on the immigration rule changes and how they affect housing and benefits, especially for European nationals in the UK. In the meantime, the countdown has begun for European nationals who still need to apply for settled status – our…

BMENational Statement on Charter Flight Deportations

We note with dismay the plans by the Home Office to continue with mass deportations to Jamaica. With a continuing health emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic we believe that lives are at risk, as the UK government are prepared to deport men, women and children to countries where they have few, if any, links…

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

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