By Lucas Manfield, Dallas Observer [...] In many places, renters are protected by “source-of-income discrimination” laws. These prevent landlords from rejecting a rental application because the applicant is using a voucher. Around half of voucher holders are protected, according to an analysis by the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, but not in Texas. After … [Read more...] about Moving On Up: A Project to Place Public Housing Tenants in Better Neighborhoods Gets a Boost (Dallas Observer)
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By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Pro Publica / Connecticut Mirror [...] "Officially called Housing Choice Vouchers, Section 8 rent subsidies were supposed to help low-income people find decent housing outside poor communities. But, for the better part of a year, Carter had found the opposite. This was easily the 50th place she had toured since her landlord sold her last … [Read more...] about How Wealthy Towns Keep People With Housing Vouchers Out (Pro Publica / Connecticut Mirror)
By Lauren Lindstrom, The Charlotte Observer [...] Fifteen states and nearly 100 cities and counties have source of income discrimination laws, according to the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, which tracks such legislation. “With the housing affordability crisis and the difficulty that families have breaking into the housing market, many cities are … [Read more...] about Housing Groups Want to Ban This ‘Unnecessary Hurdle’ for Renters with Vouchers (Charlotte Observer)
By Stephanie Wykstra, Vox [...] However, there are still many areas that haven’t passed such laws. The Poverty and Race Research Action Council estimates that as of November 2019, only about half of voucher holders are covered by source-of-income laws. Meanwhile, both Texas and Indiana have passed legislation to prevent jurisdictions in their states from creating their … [Read more...] about Vouchers Can Help the Poor Find Homes. But Landlords Often Won’t Accept Them. (Vox)
By Antonia K. Fasanelli and Philip Tegeler, ABA Human Rights Magazine A few years ago, Jill Williams, an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, received a special housing subsidy for U.S. veterans to help her pay for housing. Williams was homeless at the time and living in the Baltimore region of Maryland. Because of her honorable service to the United States, … [Read more...] about Your Money’s No Good Here: Combatting Source of Income Discrimination in Housing (ABA Human Rights Magazine)