The National Center for Lesbian Rights has always been committed to the idea that sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status should never impact access to housing for people and their families. NCLR’s policy and legislative efforts have aimed at making sure that all LGBT people and families have access to safe, affordable, and fair housing in whatever community they choose to live. Our work has included partnering with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the White House, and other agencies charged with administering housing programs and services to prohibit discrimination in housing.
NCLR has likewise been dedicated to decreasing instances of homelessness and housing insecurity in the LGBT community, particularly among LGBT youth. Studies estimate that up to 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT. NCLR is committed to finding legislative and policy solutions that target this epidemic. This has included working closely with HUD, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and other agencies to raise awareness of the prevalence of homelessness in the LGBT community and advocate for regulatory changes to address it.