HUD’s New Rule Requires Transgender Homeless to Be Housed at Shelters of Their Gender Identity

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a new proposed rule Friday that amends its Equal Access Rule to require homeless shelter operators to place transgender people based on the gender with which they identify.

“A person seeking shelter is already in a very vulnerable situation, and they deserve to be treated with dignity when they request our assistance,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro in a statement. “This rule takes us one step closer to full acceptance of transgender men and women, and will ensure they receive the proper services that respect their identity.”

“Today, on International Transgender Day of Remembrance, we applaud the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for continuing its work to ensure the safety and well-being of transgender people and their equal access to emergency shelter housing,” National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Executive Director Kate Kendell said in a statement.

“This day reminds us that transgender people suffer acutely from poverty, homelessness and violence – which are all interrelated. The anti-discrimination protections announced today are an important step in ensuring that all who seek shelter have a safe place to go, a place that will respect them for who they are,” Kendell added.