Sending Office: Honorable Jennifer Wexton
Cosponsor the Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act (H.R. 3018)
Cosponsors (32): Carolyn B. Maloney, Eleanor Holmes Norton, TJ Cox, Ayanna Pressley, Al Lawson, Alan Lowenthal, Veronica Escobar, RaÃºl Grijalva, Primala Jayapal, Katie Hill, Brian Higgins, Nydia VelÃ¡zquez,
Joe Kennedy, Suzan DelBene, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier, Gwen Moore, Deb Haaland, Ted Lieu, Sylvia Garcia, James P. McGovern, Matthew Cartwright, Ed Case, Mike Thompson, David Cicilline, Brad Schneider, Jan Schakowsky, Adriano Espaillat, Sheila Jackson Lee,
Don Beyer, Darren Soto, Mark DeSaulnier
Endorsed by: Center for American Progress, Corporation for Supportive Housing, National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Women’s Law Center, National Center for Transgender Equality, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 3018, the Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act, which would block the Trump administrationâ€™s recently announced proposal to rollback protections under the Equal Access Rule for transgender individuals seeking safe shelter.
The Department of Housing and Urban Developmentâ€™s (HUD) proposed
change would allow shelters to consider a number of factors, including religious objections, in determining whether or not to appropriately house a transgender individual. Shelters receiving HUD funds would be able to turn people away based on gender identity.
The proposal comes one day after HUD Secretary Ben Carson assured House Financial Services Committee members that the agency was â€œnot currently anticipating changing the rule.â€
The consequences of being turned away from a shelter can be dire. Nearly one-third of transgender and gender non-binary individuals experience homelessness at some point in their life. Prior to the implementation of the Equal Access Rule,
a study by the Center for American Progress and the Equal Rights Center found that only 30 percent of shelters across four states would appropriately house trans women with other women, and one in five shelters would turn them away outright.
The Equal Access Ruleâ€™s protections against discrimination are crucial to providing safe access to shelter for transgender people experiencing homelessness and fleeing disasters as well as survivors of violence.
The Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act would block HUDâ€™s proposed rule from going into effect, thereby ensuring transgender people access to a HUD-funded shelter consistent with their gender identity.
If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor the Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act, please email Ali Vangrow in Representative Wextonâ€™s office at
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