Fast Facts & Figures: Stop Discrimination Against Voucher Holders

Monday, December 03, 2018

Consider HCV rejection issues and SOI non-discrimination laws

Do source-of-income (SOI) non-discrimination laws actually help Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) recipients? A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) set out to determine just that.

SOI non-discrimination laws prohibit landlords from discriminating against potential tenants based on their income sources like alimony or disability benefits, and frequently HCVs, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. A recent U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) memo stated that landlords in jurisdictions without SOI non-discrimination laws were significantly more likely to reject HCVs than landlords in places with these laws (77 percent versus 35 percent).

Although some states, counties, and cities have SOI or voucher non-discrimination laws on the books, many do not. And the CBPP report attempts to illustrate the impact of such non-discrimination laws on whether landlords reject HCVs. Here is a look at some of the key data:

Non-Discrimination Laws Protecting Households Using Housing Choice Vouchers

 

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