What the HOME Act will do:
The Baltimore County HOME Act will prohibit housing discrimination based on “source of income.” Source of income means any lawful source of funds used in the rental or purchase of housing. It includes money from:
(1) Any lawful employment
(2) Any government or private assistance, grant, loan or rental assistance program
(3) Any gift, inheritance, pension, annuity, alimony or child support
What it will not do:
- The bill does not prohibit a landlord from determining the renter’s ability to pay the rent by: verifying the renter’s source and amount of income; evaluating the stability and security of the renter’s income; or evaluating the renter’s tenant history.
- The bill does not prevent a landlord from refusing income derived from criminal activity.
- The bill does not slow down or prevent housing and economic development in other jurisdictions that have passed similar legislation, such as Montgomery County, Howard County and Frederick County in Maryland, as well as 11 states and more than 30 cities and counties nationwide.
Why we need this legislation:
- The HOME Act will help low-income families and individuals in Baltimore County connect to better jobs, schools and housing.
- Rental assistance programs allow families to spend more on basic needs such as food, health care and transportation.
Facts about Housing Choice Vouchers in Baltimore County
- In Baltimore County, 32% of voucher holders are seniors, 30% are people with disabilities and 25% are low-wage workers.
- The Housing Choice Voucher Program expects participants to comply with the lease and program requirements, to pay their share of the rent on time and to maintain the rental unit in good condition.
What you can do:
Please tell your council person you support the Baltimore County HOME Act by sending them a comment here.
For more information on how you can support Baltimore County's HOME Act, contact:
- Antonia Fasanelli, HPRP, 410-685-6589, ext. 17, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Betsy Sexton, League of Women Voters, 410-377-8046, email@example.com
- Matt Hill, Public Justice Center: 410-625-9409, ext. 229; firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the press release about the introduction of the HOME Act in the Baltimore County Council
Remember to follow and re-tweet @CDNMaryland as well and use the hashtag #HOMEAct.
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- Baltimore County families need affordable housing. Pass the #HOMEAct! http://bit.ly/BaltHOME
- Low-poverty neighborhoods connect children to better future opportunities. Baltimore County, pass the #HOMEAct! http://bit.ly/BaltHOME
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- Right now families with housing subsidies are clustered in a few communities in Baltimore County where landlords will accept vouchers. The HOME Act will ensure that landlords treat people as individuals, taking into account factors beyond the source of their income. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/BaltHOME
- Did you know? Research shows that children whose families move to low-poverty neighborhoods when they are young are far more likely to attend college and earn significantly more as adults, and are less likely to become single parents. The HOME Act will help connect Baltimore County’s children to a brighter future! http://bit.ly/BaltHOME
- Did you know? It takes a family an average of 2.6 months to find a landlord who will accept their Housing Choice Voucher in Baltimore County. Because the program requires that you find a home within a certain amount of time, that means many families risk losing their assistance. Support the HOME Act to prevent housing discrimination! http://bit.ly/BaltHOME
- Studies have consistently shown no increase in crime, no decrease in property values or detriment to the community from vouchers or more income diversity. Learn more about the proposed HOME Act in Baltimore County to prevent housing discrimination: http://bit.ly/BaltHOME