Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 49 / 7 December 2017
 

Federal housing agency adds protections for LGBTs

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will require grant applicants  to comply with state and local anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBTs.

HUD published a notice this week detailing what competitors for 2010 grants will have to do.

“We’re using every avenue to shut the door against discrimination,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan (pictured at right) said in a statement announcing the requirements Monday, June 7.  “Today, we take an important step to insist that those who seek federal funding must demonstrate that they are meeting local and state civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”

In March, the agency launched a website so people can comment on the design of an unprecedented national study that will examine housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Earlier this year, HUD recently hosted town hall meetings in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City to solicit feedback on how it might approach such ground-breaking research.  This ‘online suggestion box ‘ is intended to offer the public throughout the U.S. an opportunity to comment on HUD’s study.

HUD has already required competitive grant applicants to comply with all federal fair housing and civil rights requirements, including those expressed in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Now, the agency will require that applicants and their sub-recipients must comply with state or local laws regarding housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Federal fair housing law does not ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act does.

Approximately 20 states and the District of Columbia prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation discrimination. Twelve states and the District of Columbia prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, according to HUD.

In addition to the notice published this week, HUD will propose rules that clarify the term “family,” ensuring that its core housing programs are available to all families, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, June 10, 2010 @ 4:48 pm PST
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