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Equal Access Agency Assessment Tool


Date Published: November 2021


This Equal Access Agency Assessment Tool provides specific action steps for HUD recipients and subrecipients to meet the requirements of the Equal Access Rule in shelters and other facility settings. This tool is for agencies’ internal use only. This tool is intended for administrative staff, however, front line staff may also benefit from reading the tool and assisting in the assessment process.

This is a companion tool to the Equal Access Guide for Transgender People: Supporting Inclusive Housing and Shelters and Equal Access Training Scenarios. For additional resources for homeless LGBTQ individuals and families and service providers, visit the LGBTQ Homelessness page.

Specific questions requesting formal HUD program guidance can be submitted to the Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. Select the appropriate program – CoC: Continuum of Care, ESG: Emergency Solutions Grants, or HOPWA: Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS – and enter “Equal Access Rule” for the subject. If you have questions about or need assistance in compliance with the Equal Access Rule please request technical assistance.

The contents of these materials, except when based on statutory or regulatory authority or law, do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. These materials are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.

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Note: You must enable macros in the Excel file to use the tool. Learn how to enable macros. Persons using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in this file. For assistance, contact info@hudexchange.info.

Author Organization
  • HUD
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