In a city where housing prices are hitting residents hard, an analysis of the 2022 Consumer Housing Trends Report showed even higher housing costs are rocking LGBTQ renters.
A number of factors are driving the trend, according to analysis published on Zillow.com. The group, which includes about 13% of all renters in the United States, statistically moves more often and faces greater hurdles when moving than other renters, meaning “a higher frequency and likelihood of paying initial costs such as application fees and security deposits”.
Part of the cause is simply demographics — the average age of LGBTQ renters nationally is 29, while the average age of cisgender and heterosexual renters is 41.
But, the report notes, this does not fully account for the expensive trend.
On the fringes, factors such as reduced work opportunities, discriminatory practices and selectivity toward “reasonably safe and tolerant” areas can lead to this type of “trend toward greater housing instability,” Japonica Brown said. -Saracino, professor of sociology at Boston University.
And cities like Boston are increasingly assessing vulnerable communities.
“Kind of a classic example is the movement of lesbian populations from Jamaica Plain to Roslindale and Roxbury and other surrounding communities,” Brown-Saracino said.
Transgender people in particular are at higher risk of worsening discrimination in the workplace and in the housing market, including pressing issues of safety and violence, said Chastity Bowick, executive director of the Transgender Emergency Fund of Massachusetts. .
Although Massachusetts has discrimination protections, Bowick said, citing the Public Housing Act, cases can often be expensive and difficult to prove.
The organization TEF, which provides rental and utility assistance to transgender people, is experiencing an “unusually extreme increase in requests” this summer, according to its website.
Findings from the previous Consumer Housing Trends report detail similar cost burden trends – in 2019 and 2020, the average rent increase was $81 more for LGBTQ renters overall and $194 more. more for LGBTQ renters of color.
A key to helping LGBTQ renters, Brown-Saracino said, is simply “safeguards that seek to stabilize the housing market generally, whether it’s more affordable housing, rent control or other policies”.
“And of course,” Brown-Saracino continued, “the more it feels everywhere safe and accepting of members of marginalized groups, means less constrained choices and a better standing within the broader housing market.”