Public Policy Priorities
Regulatory: Support Immigrant Survivors, Survivors of Color, Elderly, Disabled and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Survivors
Halt/Revert Mixed Status Rule
NASH is deeply concerned that this proposed rule would have a detrimental impact on survivors, regardless of citizenship or documentation status and would have serious consequences for marginalized communities, jeopardizing the safety of immigrant survivors, survivors of color, elderly, disabled and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender survivors who are either in federally subsidized housing currently or would otherwise be eligible if this proposed rule is not implemented. The results of this rule would force survivors to make traumatizing, life threatening, impossible decisions, likely leaving them homeless or forced to return to an abusive home.
Halt/Rescind HUD’s Equal Access Rule
The Equal Access Rule explicitly prohibits discrimination in HUD-funded housing and programs on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition to explicitly prohibiting discrimination in HUD programs, the final rule provided inclusive definitions for families, establishing a framework to protect LGBTQ individuals and families across stages of life and ability. The rule also made clear that individuals seeking emergency housing cannot be turned away because of their gender identity and have a right to be housed safely and in accordance with their gender identity. NASH is deeply concerned by the impact of this proposed rule on transgender individuals, already facing high levels of discrimination and housing instability. We believe the proposed rule changes will cause dangerous and even life-threatening situations for transgender survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Furthermore, we believe the proposed rule change could cause organizations to face legal compliance issues with state/local protections that do extend to gender identity as well as jeopardize non-federal funding sources for shelters.
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