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Clark County passes emergency ordinance banning housing discrimination in response to COVID-19

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County passed an emergency ordinance Tuesday banning housing discrimination based on source of income and evictions related to COVID-19.

According to the county, it is now unlawful to deny any tenant equal access to the rental of a dwelling because they have a COVID-19 eviction. It is also discriminatory to deny an individual housing based on their legal source of income.

“Source of Income” and “Eviction related to COVID-19” were added to the list of prohibited bases of discrimination including:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Disability

Clark County provided the following comments that may be discriminatory in relation to source of income:

  • “We don’t take people on SSI.”
  • “Two years steady employment required.”
  • “Each roommate has to make three times the rent.”
  • “We don’t give home loans unless you are employed full-time.”
  • “Don’t bother applying if you don’t have a job.”

Commissioner Justin Jones proposed the ordinance, according to a tweet from the county.

Courtesy: Clark County

The #ClarkCounty Commission has passed an emergency ordinance to ban housing discrimination based on source of income or prior evictions due to #COVID19. Cmsr. @JustinJonesNV proposed the ordinance to make this discrimination a misdemeanor. #VegasBorn

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— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) August 4, 2020