HAC asks HUD to protect transgender people

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) submitted comments on September 22, 2020 opposing the proposed regulation titled “Making Admission or Placement Determinations Based on Sex,” issued recently by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD’s proposal would allow homeless shelters and some other facilities with HUD funding to discriminate against transgender or gender-nonconforming people by treating them according to the gender they were assigned at birth rather than the gender with which they identify. As HAC’s comments explain, this policy would allow a shelter – or every shelter – to refuse to admit people who do not fit stereotypes of male or female. Legitimizing discrimination is not acceptable at any time, and it is particularly cruel now when the U.S. housing and homelessness crisis has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. HAC urges HUD to reject the proposed rule.