NYC’s housing policies must support the LGBTQ+ New Yorkers who have found community in our city for decades.

Housing policy is an important tool to support the livelihood and well-being of LGBTQ+ New Yorkers. New York City has one of the largest and most prominent LGBTQ+ populations in the world. LGBTQ+ individuals come to New York to live in a safe, supportive community and play a major role in shaping the identity of our city. At the same time, LGBTQ+ New Yorkers are more likely to experience poverty, family and household disruptions, homelessness, and discrimination. LGBTQ+ people of color, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals face even larger obstacles.

Our housing policies must be responsive to the needs of LGBTQ+ residents, support their long-term stability, and ensure access to safe, affordable housing.

LGBTQ+ Housing Policy is part of A New Lens for NYC’s Housing Plan, CHPC’s research and education initiative to explore how New York City’s next housing plan could have a broader impact beyond counting units. The next housing plan provides an opportunity for communities and policymakers to widen the discussion, articulate new metrics, and develop a shared vision of housing policy for the city.