Ensuring Equal Access of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People in HUD Programs Ken Carroll, Director Fair Housing Assistance Program Division HUD/FHEO
October 21, 2009 Press Release Obama Administration to Ensure Inclusion of the LGBT Community in HUD Programs • Clarify definition of “family” in HUD regulations. • Include sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited factors in determining FHA eligibility. • Require grantees to comply with state and local laws that prohibit LGBT discrimination. • Study nature and extent of LGBT discrimination.
LGBT Rule • Definitions of “family” in HOME, Section 8, public housing, FHA, CDBG, and HOPWA regulations to include LGBT inclusive language.
LGBT Rule, cont’d • Eligibility for any FHA-insured mortgage loan must not be based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Require Grantee Compliance with State and Local Anti-Discrimination Laws • 2010 General Section of HUD NOFA • Announced in June 7, 2010 press release: An applicant will be ineligible if it has been charged with a systemic violation of a substantially equivalent state or local law that prohibits sexual orientation, gender identity, or source of income discrimination.
HUD LGBT Study • HUD is commissioning a study to measure housing discrimination in the rental market faced by same-sex couples. • First national study of its kind. • Internet testing. • Housing Discrimination Study 2010.
FHEO Memorandum – June 15, 2010 Assessing Complaints that Involve Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression -thoroughly review for HUD jurisdiction; -track LGBT inquiries; -refer for jurisdiction determination under state and local law.
Listening and Conference Sessions • Listening sessions on LGBT housing discrimination: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston (FHEO specific), Spokane (FHEO specific) • First ever Fair Housing Policy Conference session on combating housing discrimination against the LGBT Community.
More Information Kenneth.J.Carroll@HUD.gov (202) 402-7044