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HUD and Illinois DHR Join To Fight LGBT Housing Discrimination

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has joined forces with the Illinois Department of Human Rights to try and stmap out housing discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity in the state. HUD is utilizing the Federal Fair Housing Act’s prohibition on sex discrimination to pursue complaints of gender identity housing discrimination.

Rick Garcia, the Political and Policy Advisor for The Civil Rights Agenda, stated:

“We applaud the Obama Administration, Governor Quinn’s Administration and Director Claps for their efforts in ending discrimination against transgender individuals. For states like Alabama and Nebraska who do not have any housing protections for transgender individuals, this is a monumental step forward for transgender folks and their ability to seek justice for instances of discrimination. In Illinois, the steps HUD and IDHR are taking will significantly help transgender individuals because they will now be able to file charges jointly with the State and Federal authorities. Having the federal government weigh-in on these issues of discrimination will bring greater credence to those cases and help these individuals as they seek relief in the form of punitive damages.”

Anthony Martinez, the executive director of TCRA, stated

“As stated in a study released last year by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, 19 percent of respondents reported being refused a home or apartment because of gender identity. Imagine being denied housing simply for being who you are. For most people that would be unconscionable. These steps from IDHR and HUD are extremely important and relevant for transgender individuals, because of the high level of housing discrimination experienced by this community.

“Additionally, 11 percent of individuals who took part in the study reported eviction because of gender identity, and further, 19 percent of the transgender respondents reported experiencing homelessness at some point in their lives. When trying to access homeless shelters, over half of those respondents reported outright denials, harassment, or sexual assault in shelters. These numbers are shocking and the steps these agencies are taking will not only help the individuals, but also organizations like The Civil Rights Agenda, who are working to end this outrageous level of discrimination.”

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2 Responses to HUD and Illinois DHR Join To Fight LGBT Housing Discrimination

  1. K

    July 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Just had a nother of many complaints with IDHR dismissed. The complaint was regarding a management asking illegal question of the disabled and IDHR dismissed it, as always. I have had somuch trouble when filing complaints here in Illinois. They are rude and call me a constant complainer . But they are not getting discriminated against and to call me that just proved to me that they are not helping me. I am diabled and was treated so badly on Section 8 that I walked awy from the program because of discrimiation by CHA. These agencies dont want to help, they just want to make it seem like they help.

  2. K

    June 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I have a reply on this . You know it is really funny how HUD and the IDHR are teaming up to fight discrimination against LGBT community. I am in the community and have reached out for help for years to both agencies and all they did was discriminate against me and told me that I was a constant complainer for filing complaints of discrimination.