Support H.R. 1447 because who you are or who you love shouldn’t limit where you can live.
We invite you to become a co-sponsor of our bipartisan bill, the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017. We hope you will support this bill to extend the protections of the Fair Housing Act to persons at risk of discrimination simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, or the Fair Housing Act, protects people from housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or disability. The basic principle of fair housing law in the United States is that housing opportunities should be available on an equal basis to all qualified home seekers.
One’s sexual orientation or gender identity is irrelevant when considering one’s ability to be a good tenant and neighbor. Housing providers should not be able to use these characteristics to discriminate against people who seek to rent, purchase or maintain housing. Instead, housing providers should look to income, credit, rental references, and other housing-related characteristics when deciding with whom to do business. Just as one’s race, religion, or national origin has no bearing on housing qualifications, neither does sexual orientation or gender identity. Religious organizations, private clubs, and homeowners who occupy the same small building that is being offered for rent continue to enjoy the same exemptions provided for decades under the Fair Housing Act.
Unfortunately, however, national surveys, including a study commissioned by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, show that housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is still prevalent in our nation. The ability to obtain adequate and safe housing affects all aspects of daily life including employment and educational opportunities, proximity to friends and family, and access to commercial and government services.
Currently twenty-two states, the District of Columbia, and at least 240 local jurisdictions already protect LGBT Americans from housing discrimination.
Please join us in supporting this bill to ensure equal housing opportunities for all Americans regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017 is endorsed by American Unity Fund, Log Cabin Republicans, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Fair Housing Alliance, and the National Association of REALTORS.
If you have any questions or would like to co-sponsor, please contact Reginald.Darby@mail.house.gov (5-2262) with Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA-02) or Jessica.Schwartz@mail.house.gov (5-4835) with Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL-10).
Rep. Scott Taylor (VA-02)
Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10)