Save the Date for “Housing Saves Lives” Campaign Week of Action to Oppose HUD’s Anti-Trans Rule: August 31–September 4.

Join NLIHC and the Housing Saves Lives campaign to oppose HUD’s anti-transgender rule in a Week of Action taking place August 31 through September 4. The Trump administration is once again attacking LGBTQ people, this time by removing critical equal access protections and regulations for transgender people. The administration’s proposed rule change to the Equal Access Rule is an egregious attempt to prevent transgender people from accessing federally funded emergency shelters and services (see Memo, 7/27). NLIHC partnered with over 50 local and national organization to form the Housing Saves Lives campaign, which works to oppose the administration’s anti-transgender rule.

National events for the Week of Action include:

Monday, August 31, 11 am ET: National Press Call

NLIHC will be hosting a National Press Call on August 31at 11 am ET to discuss the administration’s discriminatory changes to the Equal Access Rule. Invited guest speakers include: Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10); True Colors United Public Policy and External Affairs Director, Dylan Waguespack; National Women’s Law Center Media Manager, Gillian Branstetter; and NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel.

Tuesday, September 1, 11 am ET: National Twitterstorm

Join us on September 1 at 11 am ET for a national Twitterstorm. Use #HousingSavesLives to encourage individuals and organizations to submit their comments to oppose the rule change. Use this sample tweet, or write your own:

“We all pay the price when it comes to government-sanctioned discrimination. Share your comments and 🚨 ACTION ALERT! 🚨 We only have 60 days to tell Trump and @HUDGov that their plans to cut protections from our unhoused #trans siblings. Submit your comment now and tell them #HousingSavesLives!

Wednesday, September 2, 2 pm ET: HUD Equal Access Rule and Youth Homelessness National Briefing

Youth CollaboratoryA Way Home America, and True Colors United will host a webinar on September 2 at 2 pm ET on the harmful changes to the Equal Access Rule, the impact on transgender young people and local programs, and actions you can take action to stop this dangerous proposal. Registration information can be found here:

Thursday, September 3, Time TBD: Faith-Based Organizations Briefing

More details coming soon!

How You Can Get Involved

  1. Host events during the Week of Action to help advocates submit as many comments as possible before the September 22 deadline
  2. Submit your own public comment opposing the rule
  3. Share this Save the Date with your network and other advocates
  4. Keep an eye out for updates and upcoming events from the Housing Saves Lives Campaign

For more information, please contact Xavier Arriaga, NLIHC policy analyst at [email protected]

Read the proposed rule at:

Read NLIHC’s comparison of the texts of the proposed anti-transgender rule changes and the 2016 final rule at:

Read HUD’s anti-transgender proposed rule change to the Equal Access Rule:

Read the joint press statement from NLIHC and other Housing Saves Lives partners opposing HUD’s anti-transgender rule here:

Visit to submit your comment opposing the rule and to keep up with the latest news and resources.