HUD is taking steps to make sure homeless transgender individuals have equal access to their programs, and are able to reside in shelters that match their identity. The rule originated in the Obama Administration, and stated that all individuals should have equal access in HUD programs, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identification, or marital status. HUD wants to build on this original rule, which they feel did not directly address the conditions for transgender people.
According to the HUD’s Office of Public Affairs, Brian Sullivan stated that the rule to be inclusive with transgender people was already final, but the HUD will seek comment until March 9. Sullivan is unsure what will happen under new HUD secretary Ben Carson, but says to stay tuned about the future of this rule.
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