A household should not be turned away from renting a home they could otherwise afford based on the type of income they receive. Source of Income discrimination happens when someone is turned away from housing based on the type of income they will use to pay for it, such as social security, disability benefits, section 8 vouchers, etc. After research and dialogue with City Council's Housing and Homelessness working group, and community partners, we introduced and passed an ordinance to protect residents from discrimination based on the source of income.
Read more about source of income anti-discrimination.
Between 7-8,000 Denver households are at risk of eviction each year. In 2018, the thirteen members of Denver City Council collectively donated $131,500 to launch Denver's first Eviction Legal Defense Pilot. The pilot will provide legal services to income-qualified residents facing eviction. The free legal help, provided by Colorado Legal Services and other legal providers, has two goals — help those facing eviction stay housed and reduce the barriers for families to find future housing.
Read more about the eviction legal defense pilot.