Governor Cuomo Announces Source of Income Legislation Following #BanIncomeBiasNY Lobby Day in Albany
Yesterday, New York Governor Cuomo announced legislation that would outlaw discrimination against tenants who pay rent using non-wage income sources. This groundbreaking legislation comes two days after the Statewide Source of Income Coalition gathered in Albany to advocate for source on income protections. Over 70 advocates from across the state met with lawmakers and held a press conference on Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley’s bill A.10077 which would make source of income a protected class statewide, and make it illegal for landlords to deny a person housing based on source of income.
The coalition was joined in Albany by organizations representing disability rights, seniors, affordable housing, fair housing, public housing authorities, and more. The day kicked off with the personal testimony from an individual who has directly experienced source of income discrimination. Throughout the day advocates met with members of the Senate and Assembly to educate them on source of income discrimination and ask for their support of A. 10077. Lobby Day culminated in a press conference with Assembly Member Walter T. Mosley and who introduced A. 10077, stressing the importance of ending source of income discrimination now.
We commend New York Governor Cuomo on his leadership in ending source of income discrimination and we look forward to working with the Governor and Legislature to ensure that this important legislation is passed. You can read the Statewide Source of Income Coalition’s statement on the Governor’s announcement.
The Statewide Source of Income Coalition is led by Enterprise New York in partnership with Erase Racism, the Fair Housing Justice Center and the New York Housing Conference. Learn more about the coalition.