The city of Berlin, New Hampshire, and the federal government have settled claims that the city violated the Fair Housing Act by requiring landlords to evict tenants cited several times for ``disorderly action,'' including domestic violence incidents. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the agreement is the result of a complaint it initiated accusing the city of discriminating against women. It said a city ordinance on evictions made no exception for victims of domestic violence, who are overwhelmingly women and who needed police assistance. The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to evict an individual because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status. Under the agreement, Berlin will amend the ordinance, saying it won't be used against domestic violence victims.
A new report finds that with shifting New Hampshire demographics, household incomes and lifestyles, our housing stock soon won’t fit us anymore. And it predicts this infrastructure ‘mismatch” could be a drag on future economic growth. We’ll find out more, and what its authors say might create a more balanced housing market.
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This week, the New Hampshire House narrowly passed a bill that would prohibit landlords from discriminating against renters with Section 8 vouchers and victims of domestic violence.
After the House initially tabled the bill last week, lawmakers amended it to more tightly define victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. They now must have a current, final protective order.
The bill goes to the Senate next where it faces a tougher debate.