Protect Renters From Discrimination

After Naomi and her daughter escaped domestic violence, they moved into transitional housing. Naomi says felt like she won the lottery when they received a housing choice (aka Section 8) voucher to help pay the rent for a permanent home. But it proved impossible to find a private landlord who would accept her voucher. Watch Naomi tellĀ her story:

Naomi and other housing advocates are asking Washington state lawmakers to pass a bill that would prevent landlords from discriminating against tenants based on the source of their income. Many people across the state struggle to access affordable housing, and Section 8 vouchers are going unused even as homelessness increases. This legislation will literally open doors.

Update (Feb. 26, 2016): The bill that would have prevented discrimination based on source of incomeĀ passed the House, but failed to make it through the Senate. Thank you for all your advocacy messages; they played an important role in educating lawmakers about this policy. We’ll keep working on this issue until this form of discrimination is against the law.

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A domestic violence survivor who lives with a disability, Carissa Daniels uses a housing choice (aka Section 8) voucher to help pay the rent. She writes that when she and her daughter look for housing, they run into landlords who refuse to accept her voucher. Advocates are working to outlaw this kind of discrimination; find out how you can help!

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