WHEREAS, the Georgia Fair Housing Act, prohibits discrimination in rental housing on the basis of several protected classes including race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin; and
WHEREAS, the Georgia Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in rental housing on the basis of several protected classes including race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin; and
WHEREAS, to address discrimination against federally subsidized housing vouchers state and local governments across the nation have enacted laws prohibiting discrimination based on this lawful source of income, and
WHEREAS, 12 states and the District of Columbia, including Utah, Oklahoma, and nearly 40 cities and counties including New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and Seattle have adopted laws to prohibit discrimination based on source of income; and
WHEREAS, the housing voucher program has the potential to help families move to lower poverty neighborhoods and have access to higher quality schools and cultural amenities; and
WHEREAS, the acceptance of Housing Choice Vouchers in has tended to re-concentrate poverty in low income areas; and
WHEREAS, every year, families are rejected from housing of their choice because of their income, although with a voucher, their income is sufficient to cover the rental costs, and this is often a pretext for a federally prohibited from of discrimination; and
WHEREAS, requiring that landlords accept housing vouchers from an otherwise qualified tenant will not preclude the screening of tenants for matters unrelated to legal sources of income; and
WHEREAS, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a legal source of income will provide an equal opportunity for all citizens of the State of Georgia to find quality housing.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GA that the Georgia General Assembly is encouraged to amend the 2018 Georgia Code, Title 8, Chapter 3, Article 4 - Fair Housing to add a provision prohibiting landlords statewide from refusing to accept federally subsidized Housing Vouchers as a source of income for rental housing.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all conflicting ordinances, resolutions, and other provisions of local law are hereby waived to the extent of the conflict.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that upon passage of this resolution, the Municipal Clerk shall provide copies to Governor Brian Kemp and all members of the Georgia Assembly.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that all resolutions and parts of resolutions in conflicts herewith are hereby waived to the extent of the conflict.