Transgender Equality in Housing

HUD Issues Final Rule Protecting Access for Transgender Individuals

On September 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued its final rule requiring equal access for transgender people in federally funded homeless shelters.

It amends the groundbreaking Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equal Access Rule issued by HUD in 2012 that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status in public housing and HUD’s core housing programs.

HUD’s final rule, “Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs – Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity,” became effective in March 2012.

  • The rule applies to all McKinney-Vento funded housing programs, as well as to other housing assisted or insured by HUD.
  • The rule creates a new regulatory provision that generally prohibits considering a person’s marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity (a person’s internal sense of being male or female) in making homeless housing assistance available.

As the nation’s housing agency, HUD’s goal is to ensure that our programs are carried out free from discrimination and are models for equal housing opportunity. Now lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are guaranteed equal access to our housing and shelters.

Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs – Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

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