ProJo: R.I. bills seek to bar discrimination against low-income renters
Housing advocates gathered Tuesday at the State House to push for legislation that would prohibit landlords from turning away tenants who receive housing-assistance vouchers, or who have appeared in Housing Court
PROVIDENCE — Housing advocates gathered Tuesday at the State House to push for legislation that would prohibit landlords from discriminating against tenants with rental-assistance vouchers.
The bill would outlaw the discrimination of any potential tenant on the basis of their lawful source of income, which could include federally funded housing assistance vouchers or other means of income, such as Social Security.
“Discrimination on the basis of income as relates to housing, as relates to anything, should not be tolerated in our great state,” said Gov. Gina Raimondo, who spoke briefly at the event.
More than 9,300 Rhode Islanders receive federally funded rental assistance through Section 8, or the Housing Choice Voucher Program, according to Rhode Island Housing, the state's housing finance agency.
To view the complete article, visit Providence Journal
Courtesy of Providence Journal