"Every American deserves to live with dignity, regardless of who they love or who they are. HUD is committed to fighting unjust discrimination and to expanding housing opportunity for all. We believe there are no second-class citizens. And I will do every single thing that I can to make sure that everyone is protected."
- HUD Secretary Julián Castro
Part of HUD's mission is to give every person and family access to a safe, secure and affordable home including ensuring fair and equal access to housing for all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. During the Obama Administration, HUD is working to promote, strengthen and create opportunities for LGBTQ inclusion in its federal programs and regulations.
As the Nation's housing agency, it is our responsibility to ensure that every person participating in HUD's programs has equal access to themwithout being arbitrarily excluded.
Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund and the Forty to None Project:
Since 2013, HUD and the True Colors Fund have partnered to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, creating a world in which young people can be their true selves. Together, HUD and the True Colors Fund launched an initiative to help Houston and Cincinnati prevent homelessness for LGBTQ youth. A recent report describes lessons learned from the planning phase in those two communities, and offers recommendations for other communities looking to champion similar efforts.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
- Read the report and learn how your community can implement similar planning efforts to those in Houston and Cincinnati, and
- Look to the Cincinnati and Houston plans as examples of community-wide strategies for preventing LGBTQ youth homelessness.
For information and resources about this community change process and the initiative’s outcomes, visit HUD’s Youth Homelessness resource page. Contact John McGah, technical assistance lead (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jama Shelton, Ph.D. (email@example.com) with questions or to share information about your local prevention efforts.
Visit www.truecolorsfund.org to learn more about how you can help. In addition, interested people can also participate in an ongoing Twitter #40toNone conversation.
About HUD's Gender Identity Rule:
VIDEO: Secretary Castro Announces Proposed Gender Identity Rule
On Friday, November 20, 2015 HUD announced its proposed "Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual's Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs Rule (Gender Identity Rule)." The proposed Gender Identity Rule would require recipients and sub-recipients of assistance from HUD's Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), as well as owners, operators, and managers of shelters, buildings, and other facilities and providers of services covered by CPD's programs, to provide transgender persons and other persons 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.
Know Your Rights:
It is prohibited for any landlord or housing provider who receives HUD or FHA funds to discriminate against a tenant on the basis of real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status.
It is prohibited for a lender to deny an FHA-insured mortgage to any qualified applicant based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
It is illegal to deny housing because of someone's HIV/AIDS status under the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
It is prohibited for homeless facilities to segregate or isolate transgender individuals solely based on their gender identity who are homeless and seeking shelter.
How to File a Housing Discrimination Complaint:
If you believe you have experienced (or are about to experience) housing discrimination, you should contact HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for help at (800) 669-9777. You may also download the Apple App, Android App, or file a housing discrimination complaint online. HUD will thoroughly review your allegation to determine if the claims you raise are jurisdictional under the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Access Rule.
Additionally you should contact your local HUD office for assistance with alleged violations of HUD programs regulations.