Layers of Vulnerability
- 40% of all homeless youth identity as LGBTQ+
- 43% of homeless shelter clients identity as LGBTQ+
- 30% of people using housing programs identify as LGBTQ+
- Intercessions of race and gender increase vulnerability
- Increased risk for sexual abuse, substance dependency, social stigma, hate crimes
"The Fair Housing Act does not specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited bases. However, discrimination against a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person may be covered by the Fair Housing Act if it is based on non-conformity with gender stereotypes. For example, if a housing provider refuses to rent to an LGBT person because he believes the person acts in a manner that does not conform to his notion of how a person of a particular sex should act, the person may pursue the matter as a violation of the Fair Housing Act’s prohibition of sex."
"HUD-funded public housing authority and a HUD-funded non-profit developer of low income housing are recipients of federal financial assistance and each would be subject to Section 504’s non-discrimination requirements. Individuals with disabilities, including HIV/AIDS, are protected from discrimination by the Fair Housing Act and Section 504."
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development