JULY 13, 2015….As part of the White House conference on Aging, the Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) today announced new guidance that would both clarify and amplify that HUD's Equal Access Rule, a program regulation ensuring equal access of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) persons to HUD supported or insured housing, also applies to HUD's 202 - Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program.
Statement from Michael Adams, Executive Director Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders ( SAGE ):
"HUD's announcement is a strong step toward ending discrimination against LGBT people in federally supported senior housing. With a recent report showing that housing discrimination against LGBT elders is rampant, this is just the kind of leadership we need from the federal government. Now we need to make sure that these anti discrimination protections are effectively implemented."
SAGE ( Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders ) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 27 local SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more at sageusa.org and lgbtagingcenter.org .
See more at: www.sageusa.org/newsevents/release.cfm .