Three House Democrats have introduced legislation that modernizes the federal Fair Housing Act by extending civil-rights protections to people based upon their sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act, H.R.6500, was introduced by Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Edolphus Towns of New York, and John Conyers of Michigan.
The Fair Housing Act promotes residential diversity and makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability or familial status. The act does not currently extend protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
‘These long-needed changes to the Fair Housing Act will improve our neighborhoods and expand important civil rights to so many people who are currently left out,’ says Shanna L. Smith, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance.
In addition to protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and source of income, the bill would do the following add protections based on marital status, update the definition of ‘familial status’ to be more inclusive of more family types and improve the U.S. Department of Justice's ability to investigate potential fair housing and fair lending violations.
SOURCE: National Fair Housing Alliance