HUD Wants your Input on New Rules for Transgender Shelter Seekers


Melanie Nathan | Oblogdeeoblogda | January 14, 2016.

Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 3.41.06 PMThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a new regulation that it is considering adopting, one that would, for the first time, require that transgender people seeking access to emergency shelters be treated consistent with their gender identity. HUD is seeking input on this proposal, so there is an opportunity to help shape this important new policy. In this article Fair Housing of Marin (FHOM) provides some brief history and context for the new rule, and identify suggested ways to lend your voice to the policy making process:

Federal Government Issues New Rule Seeking to Assist Transgender Shelter Seekers:

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a new regulation that it is considering adopting, one that would, for the first time, require that transgender people seeking access to emergency shelters be treated consistent with their gender identity. HUD is seeking input on this proposal, so there is an opportunity to help shape this important new policy. In this article we provide some brief history and context for the new rule, and identify suggested ways to lend your voice to the policy making process.

In 2012 HUD published its Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity final rule (Equal Access Rule). That rule prohibited owners and administrators of HUD-assisted or HUD-insured housing, approved lenders in an FHA mortgage insurance program, and any other recipients or sub-recipients of HUD funds from inquiring about or considering sexual orientation or gender identity to determine eligibility for HUD-assisted or HUD-insured housing.

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