The following letter is from The Rental Housing Association:
Contact The Council Today To Voice Your Opposition To Mandating The Acceptance Of Section 8 Rental Vouchers
On March 19 at 7:30 pm, the Kirkland City Council will hold a public hearing to receive testimony on a proposed ordinance that would prohibit a landlord from refusing to rent to a tenant solely based upon the applicant’s use of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. The hearing will be held at Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Avenue in the Council Chamber. The staff memo and draft ordinance will be posted on the "City Council Agenda" webpage at www.kirklandwa.gov on Friday, March 15 by 5 p.m.
RHA strongly encourages landlords to attend this meeting and offer their testimony opposing the proposal. The length of public testimony per individual will be determined by the Mayor at the hearing based upon the number of people wishing to testify, and sign-in prior to the meeting is required.
The City has held previous meetings on January 23rd and February 26th for public input and discussion prior to City Staff presenting stakeholder concerns and recommendations to City Council at the March 19, 2013 meeting.
The Section 8 Housing Voucher program is funded by the federal government and administered by local housing authorities to assist low income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford housing in the private market. For Kirkland, the King County Housing Authority (KCHA) oversees the program. Section 8 participants pay a percentage of their household income for rent and utilities. Through a voucher system, KCHA pays the difference between the tenant’s portion of rent and the amount requested by the landlord.
Comments may be submitted prior to the hearing to Dawn Nelson, Planning & Community Development Department at email@example.com. Background information can be found at www.kirklandwa.gov and search “Section 8.” The hearing will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 21, Frontier Channel 31, and on the City's website.