Coalition for Expanding Housing Access: A statewide coalition of organizations advocating for Source of Income protections for Michiganders

Add your organization to this sign on letter for Source of Income protections

Tens of thousands of working MI families with kids, veterans, persons with disabilities and seniors with Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) and other non-wage legal sources of income such as SSI encounter landlords who often refuse to accept them. Low-income tenants who rely on those income sources are denied the opportunity to rent a house or apartment in the neighborhood or community of their choice.

Additionally, voucher holders are grossly underrepresented in the lowest poverty-highest opportunity census tracts and overrepresented in high-poverty and otherwise distressed neighborhoods. Within the population of families who use vouchers, that segregating effect has the greatest impact on Black and Hispanic households, perpetuating and even worsening historical patterns of racial segregation, as well as health disparities and economic inequity.

Today, only 5% of Michigan housing units are connected to any federal rental assistance and are concentrated in areas of environmental contamination and vulnerability to natural disasters.

Under current MI law, there is no clear prohibition against a landlord refusing to accept HCVs, veterans’ benefits, alimony, MDHHS cash assistance, SSI/SSDI as part of a person’s legal total combined income.

Source of Income protection legislation aims to change that. Bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to protect Michigan renters from discrimination based on their source of income. Joining 20 other states (including Utah, Oklahoma and North Dakota) the Michigan Legislature should protect renter’s civil rights throughout the state, no matter where they choose to live. These bills will create genuine housing opportunities for tens of thousands of Michigan families, helping to alleviate both the state’s affordable housing crisis and longstanding patterns of housing segregation and inequity. We support this legislation and ask that the bills receive a committee hearing and get passed.

 

 

Michigan can’t wait any longer- the time is now!

Thank
You!

Name Organization Name
Shannon Noe
Sarah Jasinski Shelter Association of Washtenaw County
Margaret Behnke Housing Access for Washtenaw County
Pete Ford
Jennifer Maynard
Kathryn Rousseau
Samantha Morrison
Ryan Hannon Goodwill Northern Michigan
Grace Robinson National Homeless Shelter
Kara Trainor
Ambrose Rivers Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development
Heather VanDenburg MCREST
Lindsay Moore Family Promise
Sharon Lapides
Courtney Vanderlaan
Taylor Brandenberger HAWC
Taylor Eberhart Community Housing Network
Taylor Eberhart
Andrew Gilroy COTS
Stacey Murphy
Dayna Neef
Katie Carlisle
Amanda Johnson
Miranda Medina
Thomas Pettit Roscommon County United Way
Aubrey Patiño Avalon Housing
Kate Smith Salvation Army Matts Shelter
Angela Parth Livingston Family Center
Tyler Langoni
Cecilia Rush Battle Creek VA
Jodi Decker U.P. Kids
Andrea Henderson The Refuge Homeless Shelter in Lapeer
Laura Mann Wayne Metro CAA
Amy Brown Central Community Development Corporation and the NOAH Project
Eric Scholtens Fairway Christian Reformed Church
Randy Kortering United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties
Elizabeth DeLaLuz
Robert Roth
Scott Rumpsa Community Action House
Eva Rohlman Mid Michigan Community Action
Lyn Raymond Lakeshore Housing Alliance
Ryan Hertz Lighthouse MI
Emily Berning OnPoint
Amanda Sternberg
Evelyn Zwiebach Enterprise Community Partners
Ryan Gummere Northpointe Bank
Deborah Jandle, LMSW
Martha Szilagyi Lighthouse of Oakland County
Monique Stanton Michigan League for Public Policy
Amanda Carlisle Washtenaw Housing Alliance
Nancy Haynes Fair Housing Center of West Michigan
Amanda Carlisle Washtenaw Housing Alliance
Wende Randall Kent County Essential Needs Task Force (ENTF)
Elizabeth Kelly HOPE Shelters
Erinn Johnson Lighthouse of Michigan
Eva Rohlman Mid Michigan Community Action
Victoria Purvis
Kelly Bidelman Center for Civil Justice
Lindsey Reames Grand Rapids Housing Commission
Martha Szilagyi Lighthouse of Oakland County
Jose Reyna GreenHome Institute
Ryan Kilpatrick Housing Next
Steve Tomkowiak Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit
Martha Szilagyi Lighthouse of Oakland County
Ronald Jimmerson Seeds of Promise
David de Velder Dwelling Place Regional Community Land Trust
Nancy Haynes Fair Housing Center of West Michigan
Tanesha Jordan Safe Haven Ministries
Ginny Coxe LACADA
Ryan VerWys ICCF Community Homes
Christy Knetsch New City Kids
Alyssa Rietveld COTS
Michelle LaJoie Alger Marquette Community Action Board
Julia Ervin Family Promise of GR
Jean Leverich Neighbors for More Neighbors — Ann Arbor
Bridget Herrmann United Way of Washtenaw County
Meredith McDonnell Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness
Jerrin Tyler MCAH
Allison Green MCAH
Lisa Chapman MI Coalition Against Homelessness