The Baltimore County HOME Act will prohibit housing discrimination based on “source of income.” Source of income means any lawful source of funds used in the rental or purchase of housing. It includes money from: any lawful employment; any government or private assistance, grant, loan, or rental assistance program; and any gift, inheritance, pension, annuity, alimony, or child support.
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August 2, 2016
from Antonia Fasanelli, Home Act Coalition member representing the Public Justice Center's Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP)
Last night, the Baltimore County Council rejected a bill that would have ensured fair treatment in housing of thousands of low-income, disabled and minority county residents. The bill, called the HOME Act, would have prohibited discrimination against renters based on their lawful source of income. Frederick, Howard, and Montgomery Counties already have source of income laws.
This bill, designed to treat all County residents equally and enable persons forced to live in segregated communities a chance to raise their families in safe, viable communities, follows the county’s settlement earlier this year of a housing discrimination complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development several years ago. The complaint alleged decades of housing discrimination against disabled and minority county tenants.
Under the terms of the settlement, the county is required to reintroduce the bill after the next county election and every year thereafter.