Pending Legislation

AASEW’S POSITION PAPER REGARDING PROPOSED MILWAUKEE COUNTY ORDINANCE #18-139 REGARDING MAKING TENANTS WITH A RENT ASSISTANCE VOUCHER A PROTECTED CLASS

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Legislation to MANDATE landlords to accept Section 8 housing vouchers was proposed on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Milwaukee County Economic and Community Development Committee. This ordinance would REQUIRE all landlords to accept Section 8 housing vouchers or any other kind of voucher for rental assistance. This would mean landlords would have to get a property registered under a section 8 program and submit their property for inspections. It would also require you to use one year leases — you could not rent month to month anymore because the Section 8 program mandates one year leases. Further, it is so loosely drafted that a landlord could not evict a tenant who is behind on the rent if they get an Emergency Assistance check.

Here are the County Supervisors on the Committee and their contact information.


Economic and Community Development
Steve F. Taylor, Chair
(414) 278-4267
steve.taylor@milwaukeecountywi.gov

David L. Sartori, Vice Chair
(414) 278-4231
david.l.sartori@milwaukeecountywi.gov

Jim “Luigi” Schmitt
(414) 278-4273
james.schmitt@milwaukeecountywi.gov

John F. Weishan, Jr.
(414) 278-4255
john.weishan@milwaukeecountywi.gov

Marcelia Nicholson
(414) 278-4261
marcelia.nicholson@milwaukeecountywi.gov


Encourage them to vote NO.

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors does ordain as follows:

Section 1. Chapter 107 of the Milwaukee County Code of General Ordinances is hereby amended as follows:

107.01. – Intent.

It is the intent of this chapter to render unlawful discrimination in housing and to enact this chapter pursuant to the authority granted to counties by s. 66.1011, Wis. Stats. It is the declared policy of the county that all persons shall have an equal opportunity for housing regardless of sex, race, color, disability, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, marital status of a person maintaining a household, lawful source of income, receipt of rental or housing assistance, age, sexual orientation, as defined in s. 111.32(13m), Wis. Stats., status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, gender identity and gender expression, or status in a domestic partnership.

107.02. – Definitions.

(9) “Receipt of rental or housing assistance” means the receipt of any form of financial
contribution from a third party for the purposes of creating or keeping affordable housing for tenants, purchasers, or other potential housing recipients, including but not limited to, assistance provided pursuant to Title 42, United States Code, section 1437f (commonly known as the “Section 8” housing program), the HOME Partnership Program, the Community Development Block Grant program, or any other public or private rental assistance vouchers or programs.

Section 2.
The provisions of this Ordinance shall become effective upon passage and publication.

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