HB20-1332 (Herod & Jackson/Fields) Source of Income Non-Discrimination

Originally Posted: March 6, 2020
Last Updated: June 19, 2020

Summary

This bill would prohibit landlords from discriminating against a potential tenant based on source of income, including housing choice vouchers as well as other forms of income. Landlords owning three or fewer rental units would be exempted from the law.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. About 65,000 Coloradans receive housing choice vouchers to help cover rental costs, but individuals and families who hold vouchers often face challenges in finding a place to live, because landlords are not currently required to accept vouchers as a form of payment. Research shows that source of income non-discrimination laws are associated with substantial reductions in the share of landlords that refuse to accept vouchers. A recent report from the Health Equity Advocacy Cohort, of which the Children’s Campaign is a member, and the Colorado Health Institute, recommends prohibiting source of income discrimination as a policy solution to promote housing security for families with children in Colorado.

Current Status

House voted to concur with Senate amendments and the bill repassed on a vote of 62-3. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.

Previous Statuses


March 6, 2020

Scheduled to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 17 at 1:30pm in Room 0112

June 5, 2020

Passed out of House Judiciary Committee unanimously and now heads to the House Finance Committee.