ADVOCACY Opportunity: Our League supports the HOME Act, introduced by County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. on October 7th
This is an opportunity for League members to advocate for legislative change benefitting our community – at your convenience from the comfort of your own home. The League has a longstanding position supporting equal opportunities and access to housing, employment and education. Our members have voted to make the HOME Act a priority issue.
On October 7th, County Executive Olszewski introduced a bill that would add “source of income” to the current Baltimore County Fair Housing Law, making it illegal to discriminate based on a renter’s source of income. Our League, along with many other community organizations, supports the HOME Act, and we will continue to advocate on its behalf by submitting testimony in favor of its passage at the October 29th County Council work session.
The HOME Act (Housing Opportunities Made Equal) addresses a difficulty that some county residents face – being turned away from rental housing solely because of the source of their income. This legislation will open housing opportunities throughout the county by giving all residents – including those with Housing Choice Vouchers – a fair chance to have their rental applications considered. It would not prevent landlords from verifying applicants’ incomes or checking their rental histories. For working families, it would reduce the time it now takes to find housing and make it easier to move closer to work.
LWV Baltimore County urges Baltimore County to join Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Howard and Frederick Counties as well as Baltimore City to pass legislation that makes it illegal to discriminate based on a renter’s source of income, just as it is illegal to discriminate based on race, sex or religion.
Here is how you, as an individual, can advocate on this important issue.
- Read the Baltimore Sun Article https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-voucher-folo-20191007-ytsu656yajgrfp7hsfepitazdq-story.html
- Read and pass along the County Executive’s HOME Act Fact Sheet
- Contact your councilperson before the November 4th vote on the bill and urge him/her to support the HOME Act. (Councilman Julian Jones and Councilman Izzy Patoka are in favor of the bill. They also need your support.)