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Task Force: Changes to HUD policy to explicitly include LGBT people are ‘welcomed and much-needed reforms'

Date: 
October 21, 2009

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Task Force: Changes to HUD policy to explicitly include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are ‘welcomed and much-needed reforms’

“These are welcomed and much-needed reforms, especially in the context of this rocky economic climate that has already left so many people fearful of losing the roofs over their heads. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people remain particularly vulnerable in seeking or retaining housing due to widespread bias, discrimination and a lack of housing protections.”
— Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the announcement today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that it will explicitly include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in regulatory and policy changes pertaining to housing and homeownership. HUD's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“These are welcomed and much-needed reforms, especially in the context of this rocky economic climate that has already left so many people fearful of losing the roofs over their heads. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people remain particularly vulnerable in seeking or retaining housing due to widespread bias, discrimination and a lack of housing protections.

“We’re talking about one of the most fundamental needs a person can have: shelter. All people should be able to obtain affordable housing free from discrimination; a safe place to live, a roof over one’s head. Explicitly including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and our families in housing policies in order to better protect them and ensure fairness marks a proper governmental response and step toward rectifying a long-standing inequity.

“Furthermore, the step taken by the administration today to commission the first-ever national study of discrimination against members of the LGBT community in the rental and sale of housing is critical. We have known this is a problem, but up until today, the federal government has neglected to take steps to understand the true depth of housing discrimination against LGBT people.”

Forthcoming and groundbreaking national survey indicates pervasive housing discrimination among transgender people

In a forthcoming and groundbreaking survey of transgender discrimination in the United States, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality found that high unemployment, low incomes and high levels of housing insecurity all point to the need for safe, affordable public housing for transgender people. Currently there are no federal protections against housing discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Nineteen percent of survey respondents reported being denied an apartment or home because of their gender identity. In another question, 19 percent reported being homeless at some point in their lives. In terms of homeownership, transgender people were less than half as likely to own a home as the general population.


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