August 2020 Newsletter
Recently the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) announced a new proposed rule called “Community Planning and Development Housing Programs: Making Admission or Placement Determinations Based on Sex in Facilities”. It guts protections for transgender people by removing critical equal access protections to regulations meant to ensure the safety of anyone in need of HUD-funded programs.
By removing these protections, shelters and programs that receive or operate using HUD grants are now able to ignore nondiscrimination protections for transgender people, leaving them vulnerable to being denied shelter and forced out onto the streets.
One in three transgender Americans has been homeless at some point in their lives. Shelters are often their best access-point to programs that provide safe individual housing – which is a critical need during a global pandemic and an economic downturn. We have 60 days to tell this Administration that their plans to cut protections for transgender people will not be tolerated. Submit your comment now.
Get Out The Vote In 2020
We may not be hitting the streets, but we’re still working hard to register voters during this year's National Voter Registration Day on September 22nd. You can register to vote here: https://vote.gov/ Ready to make a change? Voting is an opportunity to shape the future of your family and your community. Listen to Shiju from The Center in New York poetically speak about the importance of voting!
Have You Taken The 2020 Census Yet?
Given the current political climate, people may be hesitant to participate in the 2020 Census count. However, your responses are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you in any way.
It has never been easier to respond, whether online, over the phone or by mail. The information collected is used in a number of ways, including determining how much money will be distributed within your community for things like road repairs, school improvements, health care, and much more.