Women Sheltered – or
A radical Obama-era
policy could be on its last legs, and Family Policy Alliance is asking you to
speak up to ensure the repeal of a rule that threatens vulnerable American
Just before President Obama left office – in late September
2016 – his Administration slipped in a new rule that was largely overlooked in
the rush of the Clinton-Trump campaign.
Women’s shelters, said the Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) rule, must begin accepting men who identify as women.
While all policies that open up intimate spaces to the
opposite sex are inexcusable, this rule is especially dangerous. That’s because these shelters are filled with
women who have been victimized by men – physically, mentally and even sexually.
A federal study found that as many as 93 percent of mothers
staying in homeless shelters are trauma survivors. The last thing these women need is to be
traumatized again by the presence of a man in the private confines of a women’s
But it’s not just mental trauma – as serious as that is –
that threatens women. Their physical
safety is endangered as well. Even men
who’ve undergone transsexual surgery continue to engage in a significantly
higher rate of violent crime compared to females, according to a long-term
Yet there are also other men who simply take advantage of
the opportunity – like Christopher Hambrook. He was not transgender, but he
called himself “Jessica” and – under a similar policy – was admitted to a
Toronto women’s shelter where he sexually assaulted two women.
Thankfully, there is hope that the Obama rule can be
rescinded. Family Policy Alliance has learned that leaders at HUD are
action to end this rule.
can help make that happen by signing the petition below to HUD Secretary Ben Carson,
urging him to rescind the rule. It only takes seconds to encourage Secretary
Carson to take this important action on behalf of vulnerable American women.
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their voice heard on behalf of those who have little voice.
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Please Rescind and Revise 24 C.F.R. Part 5
Dear [Decision Maker],
The Obama-era HUD rule, 24 C.F.R. Part 5 -- which requires women's shelters to admit men based on self-reported "gender identity" - poses a serious threat to the physical and mental well-being of vulnerable women.These shelters are filled with women who have been victimized by men - physically, mentally and even sexually, as 97 percent of rapes are committed by men. Even men who have undergone transsexual surgery continue to engage in a significantly higher rate of violent crime compared to females.
An HHS study found that as many as 93 percent of mothers staying in homeless shelters are trauma survivors. The last thing these women need is to be traumatized again by the presence of a man in the private confines of a women's shelter.Vulnerable communities - particularly poor women, as well as African-American and Hispanic women - are far more likely to fall victim to the effects of this dangerous rule.
Other Departments--such as the Department of Justice, Department of Education, and even the Federal Bureau of Prisons--have already taken action to undo harmful Obama-era policies that permit men to enter women's intimate spaces. Should prisoners receive more protections than women who are trauma survivors?Therefore, I respectfully urge you to rescind 24 C.F.R. Part 5.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]