Senate Bill 1053 Fights Against Section 8 Discrimination

Lynda Carson
March 6, 2016

California current rental crisis contributes to the state’s severe homelessness problem. High housing costs also crowd out family spending on basic necessities, such as food and health care, particularly for low-income Californians. According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the poorest 25% of California households spend on average 67% of their income for housing.

To address this critical issue, Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 1053 ( last month. If signed into law, SB 1053 will provide all Californians with a full and fair opportunity to seek housing by ensuring that landlords do not discriminate applicants simply because they receive federal rental subsidies.

SB 1053 is supported by Western Center on Law and Poverty (Sponsor), Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (Sponsor), National Housing Law Project, Public Advocates and Tenants Together.

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