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City Moves to End Income-Based Housing Discrimination

Updated: Monday, July 28 2014, 03:28 PM CDT

It's getting harder to pay the bills in Austin for many people. The problem city leaders face Monday is discrimination based on how you pay those bills.

The big problem is that most of Austin is rented out. The question is should landlords be able to deny you a place to live because of how you pay the rent?

City of Austin leaders are looking at banning discrimination based on someone's source of income. This is a reality for many of the 15,000 Austinites using Section 8 vouchers. More than 90% of landlords reportedly won't take them.

Your chance to give the city your two cents is Monday at 5:30. The Human Rights Commission is meeting on the issue and public comment is welcome. The meeting will be held at the City of Austin's Neighborhood Housing and Community Development offices at 1000 E. 11th St., Fourth Floor, Room 400A.

Austin City Council will take a final vote on the issue in September.

City Moves to End Income-Based Housing Discrimination


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