Everyone needs housing and we should not be discriminating against those low income individuals who are on some form of government assistance when they seek out affordable housing options. Senator Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman has introduced Senate Bill 90, which would amend the Fair Housing Act to repeal the exception to discrimination based on source of income that currently allows a landlord to turn away potential tenants who receive some form of income from government-sponsored rental assistance programs.
According to the bill synopsis, “There is currently a severe shortage of affordable housing for extremely low-income households in Delaware, with only 38 affordable rental units available for every 100 extremely low-income households.” This bill will make it easier for people who desperately need housing to get it.
Nine states and the District of Columbia have fair housing laws that protect against discrimination based on source of income that covers recipients of government subsidies. This bill will make Delaware the 10th.
|Senate Bill 90 Sponsors||Yes Vote||No Vote|
|Lockman, Pinkney, Townsend, Sokola|
|S.Moore, Brady, Dorsey Walker, Kowalko, Lambert, Morrison, Wilson Anton|
|Current Status — Senate Housing 2/26/21|