Everyone, regardless of gender identity or expression, deserves a safe place to live.
In addition to federal housing protections, 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 and fight for protections.
Model Policy and Legal Guide for Homeless Shelters and Housing Programs
Tools for Addressing Discrimination
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Equal Access Rule (2012)
This 2012 rule prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in all housing programs.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Equal Access Rule (2016)
This rule revises and expands the 2012 regulation to address access to safe emergency shelters and temporary housing.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) discrimination complaint form
This link connects you with HUD’s contact information and a complaint form if you have experienced discrimination.
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In The News
Today, TLC filed our public comment opposing the Trump administration’s attempt to eliminate trans protections in federally funded homeless shelters. This latest attack on our communities is nothing more than a transparent attempt to cause harm by assuring more and more trans people are sleeping on the streets, and cruelly denied access to the safety and shelter that all people deserve.
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