Bill Information:  House Bill 168 would prohibit Maryland landlords from discriminating against potential tenants, based on the source of their income.

Why This Is Important:  Allowing low-income residents to move into areas with better transportation and/or job opportunities (such as Baltimore County, as one example) opens doors for financial security.  Also, it prohibits landlords from discriminating against higher-income people — rental ads that say “Section 8 Only” would be against the law.  Currently, certain areas in Baltimore City and Baltimore County have become areas of concentrated poverty — this bill could give these areas the opportunity to rebuild and revitalize, with a more diverse income base.

What You Should Do:  Contact your Maryland legislators and ask them to support this important bill.