Everyone deserves a place to call home.
As we wrapped up 2023, the Coalition for Source of Income Protections in Housing closed out the year by delivering over 520 signatures to the Lincoln City Council calling on our city to put protections in place so that renters can’t be discriminated against based on their source of income.
Nebraska Appleseed is proud to be a part of this coalition and would like to thank everyone who signed the petition, contacted councilmembers, and joined us for the signature turn in event!
Currently, in Lincoln, it is legal for landlords to discriminate against potential tenants because of how they would pay rent (e.g. through disability, Social Security, housing vouchers, etc). Right now, nearly a third of Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher holders in our city are unable to find housing that will accept their voucher – and even more don’t find adequate housing due to this discrimination.
While we know this policy change is critical for ensuring Lincolnites can access safe, affordable, and accessible housing, we have not seen the city take action to pass these important protections yet.
The Coalition for Source of Income Protections in Housing will be continuing to uplift community voices and letting our elected officials know how important this issue is. (Email Lizzie to get involved!)
Watch our testimony here.
As one of our coalition members said, “Until every person is considered to be a valued individual, there will be no concept of ‘the good life’ Nebraska proposes to have. It is time for ideals to become reality for everyone.”
Let’s end source of income discrimination!