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 should not matter where those funds come from. 


Source of Income Discrimination (SOID) drastically impacts the ability of 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 to neighborhoods which are likely to be isolated by race, household income, and poor performing public schools.


While state legislation would be most straightforward, it is not feasible at this time. We know that SOID is uniquely a Charlotte issue and requires unique Charlotte solutions.


I ask that you take a bold stand and by amending the current proposal drafted by Charlotte City staff, entitled: Rental Subsidy Requirements in City Supported Housing (presented at the Great Neighborhoods Committee on August 18, 2021), to include ALL housing development receiving city funding, rather than just the small number of units designated as “affordable”. Amending the current form of this proposed policy to reflect ALL housing funded by public dollars will ensure that ALL new units are available to qualified residents on a non-discriminatory basis, regardless of their lawful source of income.


With rising rental costs, stagnant wages, and the growing shortage of affordable units available in the City, it remains important now and in the future, to allow residents who rely on lawful sources of income access to ALL publicly funded units, not just the limited amount of units that are designated as “affordable”. I believe this amendment will more successfully meet the needs of those who are reliant upon lawful non-wage sources of income, as well as the growing number of families reliant upon the various local rental subsidy programs which were specifically designed to increase housing choice in the private rental market.


Thank you for your courage in these tumultuous times and for your support of amending the proposed policy.


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