WASHINGTON — Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Virginia) has introduced legislation to block the Department of Housing rule that would allow shelters to turn away transgender people.
The Washington Blade reported that Wexton filed the bill on Thursday.
“I asked Secretary Carson directly if he was anticipating any changes to HUD’s Equal Access Rule and he said no under oath,” Wexton told the newspaper. “This change will allow shelters and programs to discriminate against transgender people seeking access to housing.”
According to the US Transgender Survey:
- One in four transgender adults experienced some kind of housing bias in the last year including being evicted or denied a home. One in eight Black transgender women were denied a home because they are transgender in the last year.
- One in three were homeless in their lifetime and one in eight were homeless in the last year.
- Those who experienced homelessness were more likely to face physical and sexual violence as well as be forced into survival sex work.
- Seven in ten of those who accessed a shelter in the previous year were kicked out for being transgender, physically or sexually assaulted, or faced another form of mistreatment because of their gender identity.
The Blade reported that the bill has the following paragraph:
“The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development may not implement, administer, enforce, or in any manner make effective the proposed rule entitled ‘Revised Requirements Under Community Planning and Development Housing Programs,’ published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Spring 2019 (Docket No. FR-6152), or any final rule based substantially on such proposed rule.”
The newspaper reported that it remains to be seen if the bill will get a floor vote in the Democrat controlled House.