City Council Weighs Possible Housing Code Change

Currently Naperville’s Fair Housing Ordinance prohibits discrimination against tenants based on income, but doesn’t define what a legal source of income is.

A proposal from the Housing Advisory Commission hopes to define the legal source of income to include vouchers. The change would require all landlords in Naperville to allow voucher applicants to at least apply for housing. A hope that was echoed by many.

“We all win when Naperville stays an opportunity area, and I think by accepting housing choice vouchers, Naperville is strong and will get the best of the Midwest award still, even if you include protected class vouchers in your ordinance,” said Ann Houghtaling, Executive Director of HOPE Fair housing.

While 500 of 2,907 voucher holders in DuPage County already live in Naperville, most council members agreed progress can still be made.

“I truly believe that we need a more diverse community that has people of all sorts of socio-economic levels, because we can learn so much from each other. No matter how we can make this work, we got to make it work,” said Councilwoman Becky Anderson.

The topic was tabled until the October 4th meeting to allow more time for discussion.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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