March 24, 2017 02:46 PM
The full Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a controversial housing ordinance Friday.
The ordinance prohibits 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.
The measure is aimed at preventing landlords from discriminating against Section 8 voucher holders. City council members, like Elizabeth Glidden, believe it will help Minneapolis' most vulnerable find a home.
"What this does is ensure that Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher applicants and participants now will be given a fair shake and be protected," Glidden said.
However, it's drawn plenty of opposition along the way. Many apartment owners and landlords believe it will hurt their businesses and raise rental prices. Cecil Smith, the incoming Board Chair for the Minnesota Multi-Housing Association, was prepared, but greatly disappointed with Friday's vote.
"The priority should have been reform of the housing choice voucher program," Smith said. "It could lower the opportunity for affordable housing in the city, exhilarate the gentrification of Minneapolis."
Updated: March 24, 2017 02:46 PM
Created: March 24, 2017 07:09 AM
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