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Minneapolis City Council to Consider Housing Ordinance Drawing Strong Opposition

March 22, 2017 02:56 PM

Minneapolis city leaders will hear from the public on a new housing ordinance on Wednesday.

The measure is aimed at preventing landlords from discriminating against Section 8 voucher holders. City council members say it will protect renters.

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However, it's drawing some opposition. Many apartment owners and landlords say it's something that will really hurt the renting market.

If the council votes in favor of this ordinance, it would prohibit landlords from denying renters because they have a Section 8 voucher, which is currently voluntary for property owners. Section 8 is a government program helping low income families pay for rent.

City officials stress this is simply a way to prevent discrimination.

But some landlords say this whole thing has been fast-tracked, and if imposed will create more regulation from the government leading to higher rent and even longer wait times to find an apartment.

"Mandating Section 8 is a strategy that has been tried on the coasts. We don't want Minneapolis to be the next San Francisco or New York. And this mandate could lead to coastal rents," said Bernadette Hornig, with Hornig Companies.

But the city defends research that officials say has been a two-year process.

"There's a lot of experience out there around the country for how these ordinances have worked. we've been able to draw upon that. don't think we've been reinventing the wheel," said Elizabeth Glidden, Minneapolis city council member.

The public hearing starts at 10:15 a.m. at the Minneapolis City Hall.

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