Five Facts about Housing Access for LGBT People

Our homes provide access to job markets, schools, health care, and economic opportunities. We build our lives on this foundation, yet, nationally, access to stable housing is less assured for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Starting in youth, rejection based on gender identity or sexual orientation contributes to higher rates of homelessness than among non-LGBT youth, destabilizing LGBT youth and adding vulnerabilities at a pivotal moment in the educational and employment trajectory. LGBT people might experience discrimination that restricts access to stable and decent housing, or they might limit their housing searches to states or localities with strong legal protections. These cracks in the foundation for LGBT people can impede economic well-being, mental and physical health, education, and more.

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