"As long as anyone in this city is denied housing, none of us will truly
prosper," said a leader with Austin Interfaith.
Thursday morning Cruz stood with members of the religious group as they
encouraged city Council to pass a resolution aimed at further prohibiting
housing discrimination. It states landlords would no longer be able to screen
out candidates just because they pay rent with vouchers.
...But this group wasn't the only one pleading with the Council.
The Austin Board of Realtors, Austin Apartment Association and some property
owners spoke out against the resolution.
Bob Thompson was one of them. He owns a small rental property and said while he supports having more options for people, accepting vouchers puts a burden on land lords.
"We would have additional hurdles that we would have to jump through to
satisfy the HUD requirements. There are inspections," said Thompson.
...Thursday's vote is just the first step. Now City Manager Marc Ott will
meet with stakeholders and get public opinion, and then write the ordinance. It
should be complete by Aug. 1.