US: Federal Government Cracking Down on LGBT Housing Discrimination

LGBT Housing DiscriminationThe federal government announced today that it has tripled the number of cases it acts on from LGBT people who say they’ve been discriminated against while trying to obtain some kind of housing, whether it be a new apartment or even a bed at a homeless shelter.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development responded to 114 complaints during the first two years of President Obama’s term, according to Kenneth Carroll, director of HUD’s Fair Housing Assistance Program Division.

Carroll noted an especially heavy burden on transgender people, mentioning a disturbing survey this year from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force performed in cooperation with the National Center for Transgender Equality. It found that of the more than 6,000 trans people surveyed, 19% had been denied a home or apartment. And 11% said they’d been evicted merely for being transgender.

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