Support Housing Vouchers

Attention: Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr.

As the City of Milwaukee commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the fair housing marches, the County of Milwaukee has an opportunity to greatly impact the true meaning of this legislation by supporting and passing the amendment to Chapter 107 proposed by Supervisor Dimitrijevic. This amendment would include residents who receive rental or housing assistance.

Milwaukee County’s Fair Housing Ordinance, Section 107.02 (9) currently protects individuals from discrimination on several bases (race, color, sex, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, lawful source of income, disability, family status, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, stalking, gender identity and gender expression, or status in a domestic partnership). Presently landlords can and do refuse to rent to qualified tenants because they have Housing Choice Vouchers.

Studies have shown that landlords often refuse to rent to voucher holders as a pretext for other types of illegal discrimination such as race, family status, and disability. Vouchers should theoretically allow families to access safer, lower poverty neighborhoods with high achieving schools. But in practice, the voucher falls short of this potential for families living in low-poverty neighborhoods.

Vouchers, when protected, can be a very effective mechanism to help dismantle the entrenched segregation in Milwaukee County and assist families to truly expand their housing choices and provide access to real opportunities for improving the lives of Milwaukee County residents.

Sincerely,

Fred Royal, Jr., President
NAACP Milwaukee Branch

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