Our Legal and Policy Work
Transgender Law Center works hard to ensure all transgender and gender nonconforming people have a safe place to live. We receive many calls to our legal help line from people who are experiencing discrimination in housing, and we do our best to find solutions for each caller.
In 2012, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) clarified that the Fair Housing Act (FHA)’s prohibition against “gender discrimination” included protection for transgender people. The FHA is the federal law that prohibits discrimination in federally funded housing properties, as well as with regard to federally funded housing loans. This is a significant victory for transgender people, who are often subjected to discrimination and harassment in their living situations. In February, 2015, HUD clarified through guidance that the regulation prohibiting housing discrimination applies to single-sex emergency shelters. In November 2015, HUD proposed a new regulation that revises and expands the 2012 regulation to address access to safe emergency shelters and temporary housing.
In addition to this federal housing protection, there are many state and local laws that protect transgender people from discrimination and harassment in living situations. At Transgender Law Center, we regularly provide information about relevant housing laws and policies, conduct “know your rights” trainings, and partner with private attorneys and other public interest organizations to file complaints on behalf of transgender people.
Policy & Advocacy
One of every five transgender people has experienced homelessness. Addressing this crisis requires tireless advocacy to combat the economic injustices faced by our communities. It also requires advocacy to ensure that all people have a right to safe and stable housing, regardless of gender identity or expression.
Back in 2002, Transgender Law Center worked to make sure that California laws regarding housing discrimination include transgender people. California laws regarding public accommodations and government programs, such as homeless shelters, also include protections for transgender people.
Get involved in our housing advocacy by educating your local shelters about state and federal policies protecting transgender people. You can also share your story with us so we can use your experience to educate policy makers.
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