University of Wisconsin–Madison

LGBT and Housing Affordability, Discrimination, and Homelessness

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, National
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Housing
Compared to non-LGBT people, LGBT people appear to be more likely to face housing unaffordability, experience homelessness, and be renters (rather than homeowners). LGBT people face an array of stigma and discrimination across their life course that undermines their ability to have stable, safe, and affordable housing. Despite evidence of widespread discrimination and its harms, federal, state, and local law provide minimal protections against anti-LGBT discrimination in housing, lending, and social services—leaving the majority of LGBT people without clear legal recourse when they face bias because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In response, this report provides policy recommendations to address the variety of challenges that the LGBTQ community faces regarding housing.

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