Testimony: House Financial Services Committee, Discrimination in Lending and Housing
Issue: On October 22, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee held a hearing, called Financial Services and the LGBTQ+ Community: A Review of Discrimination in Lending and Housing. Williams Institute Research Director Kerith Conron testified in person.
Impact on LGBT people: LGBT adults are twice as likely as non-LGBT people to report ever being prevented from moving into or buying a house or apartment by a landlord or realtor.
Summary of testimony: 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.