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Patrick Robinson
City Councilmember Lisa Herbold spoke to a group of seniors at Arrowhead Gardens about housing costs, safety, security, the Myers Way Parcels, homeless encampments and much more at a meeting called by residents on July 22. Earlier in the day the legislation she sponsored regarding income discrimination relative to housing was voted out of committee to be brought before the full City Council on Aug. 8.

Comprehensive Tenants' Rights Legislation passes Council committee

Full Council will vote on proposal on Aug. 8

District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold's Source of Income Discrimination legislation was brought before a City Council committee on July 22 and unanimously voted to be brought before the full Council on Aug. 8.

Later in the day Herbold attended a meeting at Arrowhead Gardens, whose senior residents consider affordable housing a top priority.

Hebold's legislation protects tenants who pay rent with alternative sources of income, makes the screening practice fairer, adds eviction safeguards and bans Preferred Employer Programs.

“Today’s vote is a significant step towards increasing fair access to rental housing,” said Herbold. According to the Seattle’s Renting Crisis Report from the Washington Community Action Network, “48% of individuals who pay for rent with Social Security Disability Insurance or Social Security retirement income said that discrimination prevents them from having successful rental applications.”

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