Testimony

House Financial Services Committee, Discrimination in Lending and Housing: Testimony

October 2019

In October 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee held a hearing to address discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community in lending and housing.

Issue 
A large body of research has found that LGBT people experience discrimination and harassment in housing, employment, and other domains of life.

Impact
LGB adults are twice as likely as non-LGB people to report ever being prevented from moving into or buying a house or apartment by a landlord or realtor.

Summary
The testimony focused on the impact of housing discrimination on the health and wellbeing of LGBT people. Discrimination in housing and lending contributes to homelessness, housing instability, and lower rates of homeownership among LGBTQ+ people. LGBT people who experience homelessness and housing instability face a dramatically increased risk of violence, victimization, exploitation, and poor health.

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House Financial Services Committee, Discrimination in Lending and Housing: Testimony