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Equal Access to Housing Final Rule

Date Published: February 2012


On February 3, 2012, HUD published a final rule in the Federal Register entitled Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity. This rule became effective on March 5, 2012.

This rule applies to all McKinney-Vento-funded housing programs, as well as to other housing assisted or insured by HUD. The rule creates a new regulatory provision that generally prohibits considering a person’s marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in making eligibility determinations for housing, and also establishes a uniform definition of “family” in HUD programs. As the nation’s housing agency, HUD’s goal is to ensure that their programs are carried out free from discrimination and are models for equal housing opportunity. The Equal Access to Housing Final Rule ensures that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are guaranteed equal access to our housing and shelters.

Additional information for providers is available on the HUD Exchange’s resource page for LGBT homelessness. The public may also find information on the LGBT Resources page. For information on reporting discrimination, visit HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) page.

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