This session featured Linda Olsen from the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Stina Jansen from the Tenants Union of Washington, and Nick Federici from the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.
Last year, advocates were able to get passed into law the Fair Tenant Screening Act. This legislation was aimed at addressing serious and growing problems in the reports tenant screening companies prepare for landlords who are evaluating potential renters. However, the work isn't done. For example, important protections for survivors of domestic violence were taken out at the last minute, which is why advocates are working on introducing a Part 2. The presenters talked about how tenant screening reports can be a barrier between people and affordable housing and what advocates need to do in Olympia to fix it.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012