LGBTQ+ Affordable Housing Principles

LGBTQ+ Affordable Housing Principles

Allyship’s LGBTQ+ Affordable Housing Principles are the result of intergenerational community forums and stakeholder meetings convened in 2015 & 2016. These principles inform which housing policies we support and advocate for in Seattle and statewide. This is a living document, and feedback from LGBTQ+ community members is always welcome via email at

LGBTQ+ Affordable Housing Principles

1. Creates housing affordable for and available to LGBTQ low and moderate wage workers, including housing that is accessible for LGBTQ People of Color who historically have less assets, less generational wealth, and worse credit than white counterparts due to systemic racism.

2. Applies broadly across all of Seattle’s urban centers, urban villages, suburbs, and transit-oriented communities.

3. Requires residential and commercial development to contribute financially through a fee or built affordable units that includes transparent reporting of any residents being displaced due to new development before development happens.

4. Promotes on-site development of affordable homes within market-rate developments. These developments should be promoted through directed outreach (done by community-based organizations) to marginalized communities most in need of new affordable housing units.

5. Promotes urban density that includes affordable housing and development without displacement and sustainable growth that takes advantage of public transit investments.

6. Eliminates barriers to applying for housing, i.e., lack of references, criminal records, application fees (one fee for each family regardless of marital status), and excessive and duplicative paperwork (we support portable screening).

7. Ensures housing policies broaden the definition of family to include chosen family, friends, etc. to reflect LGBTQ family structures and incorporate strong enforcement language if tenants experience discrimination based on family structure. We suggest a community-driven process of diverse stakeholders to expand definition of family.

8. Eliminates homelessness among LGBTQ youth by expanding rapid rehousing, developing more ADA housing, and providing more rental assistance. Services and housing improves youth outcomes in the areas of permanent connections, provides better transition from foster care, eliminates barriers within the juvenile justice system, and ensures stable housing, education/employment, and well-being.

9. Eliminates housing discrimination in market-rate and low-income housing developments based on gender identity, immigration status, criminal background, income source, gender expression, race, class, ability, age, sexual orientation and proof of income (i.e., LGBTQ undocumented immigrants lack pay stubs).

10. Increases LGBTQ senior low-income cultural competent and affirming housing development that includes a community-led LGBTQ senior needs assessment.

11. Develops housing policies that eliminate heteronormative practices and assumptions around family structures that put undue burden on marginalized LGBTQ communities.

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