HUD Proposes New Regulations to Limit Queer Discrimination in Housing

Later today, HUD will propose new regulations intended to ensure that its core housing programs are open to all eligible persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  You can find the full text here.

HUD is seeking public comment on a number of proposed areas, including: prohibiting lenders from using sexual orientation or gender identity as a basis to determine a borrower’s eligibility for FHA-insured mortgage financing; clarifying that all otherwise eligible families, regardless of marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, have the opportunity to participate in HUD programs; and prohibiting owners and operators of HUD-assisted housing, or housing whose financing is insured by HUD, from inquiring about the sexual orientation or gender identity of an applicant for or occupant of the dwelling.

Meanwhile, HUD is conducting the first-ever national study of discrimination against members of the LGBT community in the rental and sale of housing. HUD undertook important research in 1977, 1989 and 2000 to study the impact of housing discrimination on the basis of race and color. It is believed that LGBT individuals and families may remain silent because in many local jurisdictions they may have little or no legal recourse.