New HUD/FHA fair housing rules for transgender people to become effective Feb. 28, 2012

Baltimore shelter discrimination turns trans woman Sandy Rawls into a trans activist. (Photo: Pam's House Blend)

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — First, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) programs administrators will no longer be able to inquire to an applicant’s gender identity or sexual orientation status, nor can it be used for decision-making in FHA programs.

Secondly, all organizations and landlords running HUD (Housing and Urban Development) insured or HUD-assisted housing will be required to serve trans and LGBT people looking for housing. This includes religious organizations — they will not be able to discriminate against trans and LGBT people for “religious reasons” and continue to get federal funding — they’ll either have to provide housing to everyone equally or rely solely on private funding if they wish to discriminate for “religious reasons”.

With this being federal law, there are no longer location-by-location or church-by-church exceptions — when it comes to these HUD and FHA programs, trans people are protected, period.

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan: “With this proposed rule, we will make clear that a person’s eligibility for federal housing programs is, and should be, based on their need and not on their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Read more:  New HUD Rule Delivers for LGBT Americans » Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Sandy Rawls’ story: http://pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com/2011/02/10/valentines-day-in-maryland-is-about-more-than-dinner-and-roses-this-year/

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