Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, February 10, 2020

Housing discrimination based on source of income could become illegal in R.I.

From abc 6

A bill that would ban discrimination in housing based on a person's source of income is making its way through the Senate.

The bill was introduced by Senator Harold Metts (D-Providence). It was sparked by the discrimination of renters who use Section 8 housing vouchers.

The vouchers are given out by the federal government to assist very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.

A Section 8 participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects. A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program.

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