The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it will enforce the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identify.

The agency issued a memorandum announcing that it will accept and investigate complaints from people who believe they have been subjected to housing discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. HUD will go back and review claims starting from Jan. 20, 2020.

During the past year when individuals may not have known about their rights, HUD received approximately 200 complaints of discrimination involving sexual orientation or gender identify, according to agency officials, who expect to see more cases as awareness grows.

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