On Monday, August 6, 2018, Denver City Council approved the Source of Income anti-discrimination ordinance, an effort that our office co-led with community partners. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2019. Denver has now joined sixty-five cities and counties and 14 states in enacting Source of Income anti-discrimination protections. Our office is committed to educating renters and landlords about the law before it goes into effect.
As Denver seeks to expand access to affordable housing in the face of unprecedented demand, we need to ensure more families have access to existing homes. Income other than wages, such as social security, Housing Choice Vouchers/Section 8, child support, student loans, veteran or disability benefits, etc. are examples of incomes that have prompted landlords to turn renters away. By ensuring no person is discriminated against based on the type of income they use to pay for their home, this ordinance will help keep families housed.