October 13, 2011

HUD Addresses LGBT Housing Discrimination

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Our guest blogger today is Kenneth J. Carroll, Director, HUD’s Fair Housing Assistance Program Division, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Cross posted from WhiteHouse.gov

In a recent survey of 6,450 transgender and gender non-conforming persons, 19 percent reported having been refused a house or an apartment because of gender identity, and 19 percent reported having been homeless because of gender identity.  Findings of a 2007 Michigan study indicate that same sex couples face bias and discriminatory treatment based on sexual orientation when trying to access rental housing. 

Recognizing these issues and utilizing its authority to promote decent housing and a suitable living environment for all, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has taken important steps over the past two years to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons have equal access to housing and HUD programs.   

  •  Through its notices of funding availability, HUD required recipients of approximately $3.5 billion in HUD funding to comply with state and local laws that prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity housing discrimination.
  • HUD recognized that, under the Fair Housing Act prohibition of sex discrimination, it has authority to pursue complaints from LGBT persons alleging housing discrimination because of non-conformity with gender stereotypes.  HUD accepted and proceeded with enforcement efforts on 114 such complaints, about three times more than in the prior two years.
  • HUD launched a webpage that includes resources for LGBT victims of housing discrimination.
  • HUD initiated the first nationwide study of LGBT housing discrimination that will provide national data on the nature and extent of housing discrimination against same sex couples.
  • HUD published a rule that proposes regulatory changes to further ensure LGBT equal access, including clarification that a “family,” which is the term used to define persons eligible for HUD-funded programs, includes persons regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.  HUD anticipates publishing the final version of this rule by the end of the year. 

To get the word out, HUD designed and implemented Live Free, a national media campaign to raise awareness about housing discrimination. Live Free includes digital videos, podcasts, Facebook postings, and print ads targeted to specific populations, including the LGBT community.  To view the LGBT Live Free ads, click here.

More needs to be done to address LGBT housing discrimination in the United States.  If you have ideas on what else HUD can do, send us an email at LGBTfairhousing@hud.gov

2 Responses to HUD Addresses LGBT Housing Discrimination

  1. I’ve been vitimized by the City St. Paul for 30 years

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  2. After getting hit by a 18 wheeler I applied for housing. I am a felon with no drug or sex charges I have been out for 10 years .You can learn more about me by doing a search under Fathers And Men That Are Ex-Felons.

    I have gained over 85,000 singnatures in hopes of combating Housing Discrimnation enforced by HUD . Hud has forced millions of men back into prison by not allowing us to live here its killing latino and black men .Every Headquaters that stands in America is responsible for promoting terrorism. I say this because in my 34 years alive I have never in my life .
    What the hell is going on when men in our country can not afford to pay rent .You can delete this message if you want it doesnt matter because millions of men can not live in this country we got scum bag problem mayday. We got vets on our street and kids living at the age of 19 in homes we got a serious scum bag problem. I have been out here 10 years preached in your churches gone to your schools .I cant live here . And I cant go back to Puerto Rico it getting to expensive to live on our own country.All I can say is that I pray to the Buddha daily that one day grown men can actually work in America and actually live here . I work only for one reason only and that to live here .I do not believe in stealing no more. I love Mexican people I am latino also if they can come at get houses I better be able to live here also .I a have given my 100 % to changing my life 10 years and still no jobs that pay over $7.50 in one of the most well of areas in Florida.And people wonder why our men commit crimes.

    P.S What is life and why should our men even live if we cant live in our ghettos. I wait till the day when Hud opens its doors to the responsible men of America let us live in our country do we got scum problem here.

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