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.

Tlc Resources


Model Policy and Legal Guide for Homeless Shelters and Housing Programs

Tools for Addressing Anti-Trans Discrimination

Other Resources


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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