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Austin To Consider Banning Income Discrimination In Housing

Updated: Thursday, April 17 2014, 07:47 AM CDT
On Thursday morning, Austin is looking to join nearly a dozen other cities in banning a type of discrimination they say is all too common: denying people housing based on how they pay their rent.

It’s a push to create affordability in all parts of town, as leaders say fewer options mean more people pushed to lower income neighborhoods. On Thursday, Austin City Council members will look at banning apartments or landlords from being able to turn a tenant away simply because they’re using a voucher to pay the rent. In a recent survey, Austin Tenant’s Council reported 91% of respondents in Travis County did not accept housing vouchers.

If Austin City Council approves the measure, Austin would join 11 states and 30 cities that have done the same thing. More than 20,000 people are expected to apply for housing vouchers in Austin this year.

Austin To Consider Banning Income Discrimination In Housing

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