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Louisville mayor signs ordinance expanding housing protections

New law will lift barriers for additional classes of people seeking affordable housing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mayor Greg Fischer today signed into law an ordinance approved by Metro Council to expand the city’s ban on non-discriminatory housing practices by adding new classes of protected residents seeking housing.

Under the new law, a person cannot be turned down for housing based on their arrest or conviction history, homeless status, source of income, or military service record. 

Louisville’s ordinances currently provide for non-discriminatory housing practices for protected classes such as race, color, religion, national origin, familial status, disability, sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation.  The new ordinance adds the protection against discrimination based on a person’s homeless status, prior military service, criminal history, and source of income such as child support, foster care subsidies, income derived from social security, grants, pension, or any form of federal, state or local public assistance or housing assistance.