CALL TO ACTION:
Amend Charlotte’s Fair Housing Ordinance to end Source of Income Discrimination
Dear Madam Mayor/Councilmember,
I believe that if a family can provide a legal and verifiable form of rental payment, it shouldn’t matter where those funds come from.
Source of Income Discrimination (SOID) drastically impacts the ability of countless Charlottean families to find safe, stable, and affordable housing. This issue impacts the entirety of the housing continuum and greatly hinders family upward mobility by decreasing access to available housing in neighborhoods of opportunity and often relegates these same families who rely on non-wage sources of income for rental payments, to neighborhoods which are likely to be isolated by race, household income, and poor performing public schools. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that low-income families, especially families with children who move to low poverty areas do better in the long term. By enabling more eligible families who rely on non-wage sources of income to pay the rent, to live in neighborhoods of choice, the city of Charlotte can begin to address this upward mobility challenge and undo the inequitable housing and land-use policies of the past several decades.
While state legislation would be most straightforward, it is not feasible. We know that SOID is uniquely a Charlotte issue and requires Charlotte solutions.
I ask that you take a bold stand and lead by amending Charlotte’s Fair Housing Ordinance to end Source of Income Discrimination by including “Source of Income” as a protected class when this proposal comes before the full council in October for discussion.
Thank you for your courage in these troubling times and for your support of this initiative.