Gender-Inclusive Housing

UCSF Housing Policies Related to Gender Identity & Gender-Inclusive Housing

With the state’s Gender Identity bill (SB-179) effective January 1, 2019, California will legally recognize a third gender option for individuals who do not identify as male or female. This will make it easier for people to change their gender on state identification and birth certificates while establishing a “nonbinary” designation. The law defines nonbinary as an “umbrella term for people with gender identities that fall somewhere outside of the traditional conceptions of strictly either female or male.”

UCSF Housing Services seeks to meet a range of tenant needs, including those related to gender identity. In order to provide support to tenants who seek housing options for their gender identity, Housing Services needs to know that a tenant desires such accommodations. New Housing Applicants who seek housing options in a shared house or apartment will be able to indicate their gender identity and if they want to live in a gender-inclusive unit. Current tenants may update their profile at any time in their Tenant Portal.

Frequently Asked Questions about Gender-Inclusive Housing

Q: How do I share my gender-identity with Housing Services?
A: New applicants will select their gender-identity when completing a Housing Application. Current tenants can update their gender-identity at any time in the Forms section of the Tenant Portal under “Update Your Profile.”

Q: What is Gender-Inclusive Housing?
A: A housing option in which two or more tenants share a multiple-occupancy apartment, in mutual agreement, regardless of gender identity. California state law describes gender-identity as female, male, or nonbinary.

Q: How many Gender-Inclusive Housing units are offered?
A: We review the applicant pool before determining how many units will be available for Gender-Inclusive housing. The amount of units we designate will depend on female, male, and nonbinary applicants.

Q: I want my own apartment. Do I need to participate in the Gender-Inclusive housing program?
A: No. The Gender-Inclusive housing program is intended for shared living situations.

Q: How do I express interest in Gender-Inclusive Housing?
A: The question “Would you be open to living in a gender-inclusive apartment?” is located under Housing Preferences – Shared Accommodation on your most recent Housing Application or in your Tenant Portal.

Q: If I select “Open to living in Gender-Inclusive Housing” on my Housing Application, does that mean I will live in a mixed-gender unit?
A: Not necessarily. Assignment to all shared housing, whether Gender-Inclusive or gender-specific, depends on availability and whether you have indicated on your Application that you are open to living in Gender-Inclusive Housing. You may be assigned to a unit that you share with people who identify as female, male, and/or nonbinary.

Q: I only want to live with my own gender. Do you have gender-specific apartments?
A: Yes, we have gender-specific housing (all male or all female), and we also have Gender-Inclusive Housing options. You will only be placed in Gender-Inclusive housing if you indicate that you are open to this option on your Application.

Q: What process do you use to determine who is placed in Gender-Inclusive Housing?
A: If you have selected that you are open to living in Gender-Inclusive Housing and shared housing preferences at any of our communities, you may randomly be selected to live in Gender-Inclusive Housing.

Q: Is there Gender-Inclusive Housing at all of the Housing communities?
A: Yes, Gender-Inclusive Housing is available at all of our communities.

Q: Will selecting Gender-Inclusive Housing give me priority in the application process?
A: No. All units are assigned by random lottery.

Q: If I don’t like my assignment or my roommates, can I transfer to another unit?
A: Unfortunately, due to high occupancy, Housing Services is unable to accommodate requests for transfers.