Equal Access and Gender Identity Rule

Using Appropriate, Inclusive Equal Access and Gender Identity Language

The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) held and repeated a webinar to educate stakeholders about the requirements of the Equal Access Rule and the Gender Identity Rule.

The webinar also covered how to ensure that various HUD-assisted projects operate in compliance with these rules. The webinar was tailored to Continuum of Care (CoC) collaborative applicants and providers, Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) recipients and sub-recipients, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) grantees.

The webinar also provided “LGBT Language 101” training to aid participants on increasing their knowledge and skills in using appropriate, inclusive language with everyone they serve. Participants were also introduced to HUD’s technical assistance materials to aid their compliance efforts.

In September 2016, HUD published the final rule to ensure that all individuals have equal access to many of the HUD’s core shelter programs in accordance with their gender identity. Read

Following what had previously been a practice encouraged by HUD, providers that operate single-sex projects using funds awarded through the Department’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) will now be required to provide all individuals, including transgender individuals and other individuals who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth, with access to programs, benefits, services, and accommodations in accordance with their gender identity without being subjected to intrusive questioning or being asked to provide documentation.

“Today, we take another important step to ensure full acceptance of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in the programs HUD supports,” said then HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “This new rule will ensure equal access to the very programs that help to prevent homelessness for persons who are routinely forced to choose between being placed in facilities against their gender identity or living on our streets.”

Webinar Overview

LGBT Homeless Page

2016 Equal Access Rule Ask a Question (AAQ)

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