Pittsburgh City Council held a standing committee meeting last week to discuss and approve an amendment to an ordinance that would add perceived victims of domestic violence or stalking to the Pittsburgh City Housing Discrimination Code.
The legislation, 2016-0047, is sponsored by Councilman Dan Gilman of District 8-which covers the neighborhoods of Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Oakland, and Point Breeze.
“What we have heard has happened in the past is basically a landlord would say ‘I don’t want any trouble here’ because of a lot of police visits, because of a lot of loud noises, because of neighbor complaints of disturbances and victims end up losing their housing because they’re a victim of domestic violence,” said Councilman Gilman.
“This legislation makes that illegal. We make it very clear that anyone who is a victim of domestic violence or stalking will not be discriminating against- whether it be evictions, lease renewals, mortgages or any other aspect of housing.”