Act To End “Source of Income” Discrimination in Maryland

The 2012 General Assembly session will see an effort to end a form of discrimination against recipients of federal housing choice vouchers in Maryland. The Maryland HOME Act would prohibit landlords and other property owners from discriminating against persons seeking housing based solely on “source of income.”

What is “source of income?” According to the The Public Justice Center, it refers to “any lawful source of funds to be used in the rental or purchase of housing. It includes money from: (1) any lawful profession or occupation; (2) any government or private assistance, grant, loan, or rental assistance program; (3) any gift, inheritance, pension, annuity, alimony, child support, or other consideration; and (4) any sale of property.”

If it does not pass, tens of thousands of Maryland families with the ability to pay for housing through government-aided programs would continue to have their options seriously limited by source of income discrimination. Source of income discrimination tends to have the effect of exacerbating existing inequality, because it disproportionately affects vulnerable populations: veterans, senior citizens, low wage workers, and single mothers.

You can show your support for this legislation at two upcoming events:

Delegate Glenn Community Forum

This is meeting called by Delegate Glenn a chance for citizens, particularly from Northeast Baltimore, to discuss and debate the HOME Act. It’s imperative that HOME Act supporters are there in large numbers to voice their support.

Saturday, December 3rd, 10am-noon

Mt. Pleasant Church, 6000 Radecke Avenue

Rally for the Maryland HOME Act

Rally in support of the Maryland HOME Act, featuring political and religious leaders in support of the bill, and ways to get involved.

Wednesday, December 7th, 6:30-8pm

Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane

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