Charlotte Pride and Time Out Youth Center call on city leaders to end Source of Income Discrimination in housing

Local LGBTQ organizations in Charlotte are calling on the Charlotte City Council to amend its Fair Housing Ordinance and prohibit Source of Income Discrimination in housing.

Source of Income Discrimination has caused deep trauma and prevented upward mobility for individuals and families in Charlotte for years, and this unfair practice has disproportionately affected LGBTQ+ youth and queer and trans people of color.

Source of Income Discrimination is defined as any instance where a housing provider refuses payment for housing from any legal, verifiable form of monetary payment. These monetary sources could include child support, disability checks, VA benefits, bequests, life insurance policies, student refunds, and any rent assistance programs provided by the government or non-profit organizations.

In a single year, Time Out Youth Center receives over 100 requests for housing from LGBTQ+ youth who were restricted from access to affordable housing. Studies done by the National Center for Transgender Equality show that 1 in 5 transgender individuals experience homelessness. Overall, LGBTQ people report greater use of public housing assistance and other public programs.

We believe in a world where all people are housed regardless of age, gender orientation, religion, disability status, or sexual orientation, and one of the things preventing that from happening is Source of Income Discrimination.

We call on all members of the Charlotte City Council to do right by the community and dispel meaningless red tape preventing people from access to safe and stable housing.

Additionally, we call on all of our fellow community members and readers to sign the petition posted below from a growing coalition of organizations, as well as read through the LGBTQ+ Homeless Youth of The Carolinas Needs Assessment created by Time Out Youth in 2016.

Click here to learn more and sign the petition