ALERT: HB1409 VOTE WEDNESDAY:
Call YOUR State Rep by Tuesday Night
House Bill 1409 prohibits discrimination against a tenant or prospective tenant solely because part of the household’s monthly rent will be paid with a rental voucher, or solely because someone in the household has been victimized by domestic violence.
HB1409 is scheduled to be voted on this Wednesday, March 5. State representatives need to hear from their constituents now.
Please call YOUR State Representatives by Tuesday night!
FIND CONTACTS HERE:
A number of prominent NH landlords have come forward to support, including this op-ed in the Concord Monitor yesterday.
Unfortunately, a small, but vocal group continues aggressive opposition to the bill, and has spread some misinformation. Please pick up the phone today and tell your House member YOU support HB1409.
WHAT HB1409 DOES:
Prohibits discrimination against a tenant or prospective tenant:
1. Because part of the household’s monthly rent will be paid with federal housing assistance; or
2. Because someone in the household has been victimized by domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault.
Ensures low-income seniors, families, people with disabilities, and veterans whose rental assistance helps them live independent and productive lives are judged on their own merits as potential tenants.
Helps domestic violence survivors find needed housing.
Brings NH in line with over a dozen other states, as well as several counties and municipalities, to end this form of discrimination.
WHAT HB1409 DOESN'T DO:
Force a landlord into leasing to a tenant with a bad credit, prior evictions or bad references
Force a landlord to lower a usual rent to accommodate a tenant with a voucher
FIND CONTACTS FOR YOUR HOUSE MEMBER:
Type in your hometown at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/wml.aspx