HUD Online Clearinghouse Offers Guidance on Providing LGBT Youth and Adults Equal Access to Housing and Shelter

A young person with the key to their new home.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) knows that 20% to 40% of the homeless youth you serve identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT).

The HUD Exchange has created an online resources clearinghouse to help programs ensure that LGBT homeless youth and adults have equal access to housing and shelter. Providers can access links to rules, guides for implementing them, and tools to make improvements in policies and procedures.

Learn more by exploring these resources:

  • Resources for supporting youth. Learn about several national organizations that assist homeless LGBT youth in crisis including three agencies funded by the Family and Youth Services Bureau—the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC), the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV).
  • Rules and webinar. Read the 2012 Equal Access to Housing Final Rule, which upholds the rights of LGBT homeless youth and adults to access HUD-funded housing, and watch a webinar that explains it. The 2015 Equal Access Proposed Rule, if approved, will require recipients of HUD funds to provide equal access to programs, benefits, services, and accommodations in accordance with an individual's gender identity.
  • Tools for implementation. Start with a guide that helps programs provide equal access for transgender people. Then complete the self-assessment to determine how inclusive your program is and how you can foster a more welcoming environment. This decision tree reminds staff that their language and behavior can facilitate or obstruct a transgender person’s access to housing. To boost staff members’ confidence in providing equal access to housing, run these seven training scenarios which address topics like gender identity and ID document mismatches and privacy concerns.

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Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.

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