U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced new regulations to ensure that HUD’s core housing programs, including those connected with Virginia Beach VA real estate, are open to all eligible persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
“The Obama Administration has viewed the fight for equality on behalf of the LGBT community as a priority and I’m proud that HUD has been a leader in that fight,” said Donovan at the 24th National Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality. “With this historic rule, the administration is saying you cannot use taxpayer dollars to prevent Americans from choosing where they want live on the basis sexual orientation or gender identity – ensuring that HUD’s housing programs are open, not to some, not to most, but to all.”
HUD first proposed this regulation a year ago as part of its continued efforts to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in its core housing programs—programs that impact 4.4 million units of housing in the country. The current bill went into effect on March 1st.
In essence, the new rule:
- Requires owners and operators of HUD-assisted housing, or housing whose financing is insured by HUD, to make housing available without regard to the sexual orientation or gender identity of an applicant for, or occupant of, the dwelling, whether renter- or owner-occupied.
- Prohibits lenders dealing with Virginia Beach VA real estate from using sexual orientation or gender identity as a basis to determine a borrower’s eligibility for FHA-insured mortgage financing. FHA’s current regulations provide that a mortgage lender’s determination of the adequacy of a borrower’s income “shall be made in a uniform manner without regard to” specified prohibited grounds. The rule will add actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity to the prohibited grounds to ensure FHA-approved lenders do not deny or otherwise alter the terms of mortgages on the basis of irrelevant criteria.
- Clarifies that all otherwise eligible families, regardless of marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, will have the opportunity to participate in HUD programs affecting Virginia Beach VA real estate.
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