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