Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden is reportedly pushing legislation which, by law, would require city landlords to consider tenants who receive Section 8 housing assistance, as well as other types of financial assistance, in order to pay their rent.
The Section 8 program subsidizes tenants’ rent by paying part of what tenants’ can afford, based on the recipients’ income.
“We allow people to openly discriminate against people depending on where their income comes from,” McFadden stated.
According to an article in the Democrat & Chronicle, McFadden first introduced the legislation last year, but to no avail.
However, recently, Mayor Lovely Warren has also signed on in support of the legislation.
“In order for our residents to secure jobs, and quality educational opportunities, they first need a safe and stable place to call home,” Mayor Warren said in a statement. “I’m happy to join with Councilman McFadden in support of this legislation that, if approved, will expand housing options, and improve the quality of life, for many of our residents in the city of Rochester.”
Critics of the legislation have said Section 8 doesn’t provide enough assistance to pay for higher rents in some neighborhoods, and landlords also said the program requires too much in terms of upkeep and maintenance on the properties, with the agency even conducting annual inspections on apartments.
However, McFadden has continued to refute the allegations, and said the program’s requirements are reasonable.
The city council’s finance committee will consider the legislation, and there are currently about 9,000 households in the area which rely on Section 8.