Community Affairs, Health, and Education Committee to continue discussion on Fair Rental Housing Ordinance

November 10, 2020

Louisville - The Metro Council’s Community Affairs, Health, and Education Committee will continue its discussion on a proposed ordinance to provide fair treatment in local rental housing. It is an effort to limit discrimination in rental housing based on a person’s income or criminal background.

“We are ready to move forward with this ordinance after continued discussions with several groups. It is time to correct a situation which keeps many people from making a new start in life,” says Councilwoman Jessica Green (D-1), who is a primary sponsor of the ordinance. “This ordinance is all about amending our laws to make affordable housing available to everyone in our community who are struggling, especially now during COVID-19.”

Joining Green as sponsors are Council members Bill Hollander (D-9), Barbara Sexton Smith (D-4) and President David James (D-6). The ordinance would ban discrimination in rental housing based on source of income such as social security or other federal subsidies. It would also eliminate discrimination based on a past criminal record of certain offenses.

“The Committee will review any changes to this ordinance. I believe it is time we move forward,” says Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2), who chairs the committee. “Fair housing for all should be a top priority for local government.”

The Committee will hear from the following people during a special discussion:

  • Kendall Boyd, Human Relations Commission
  • Lisa Osanka, Louisville Metro Housing Authority
  • JD Carey, Louisville Apartment Association

The committee will meet at 1:30 p.m.

This meeting will be held as a video teleconference under KRS 61.826 and Senate Bill 150. Members have the option of participating virtually from remote locations, or in person from the Metro Council Chambers on the third floor of Historic City Hall, 601 West Jefferson Street.

Under a declaration issued by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness to slow the spread of COVID-19, public access to Historic City Hall is limited.  In collaboration with the President’s Office, the City Hall entrance on 6th Street is locked with limited building access. A sign is posted on the door to call the on-duty security guard desk for approved entry.

As a result, under this directive, the Louisville Metro Council’s Committee meetings will be open to the public through remote access only.

The public may watch the proceedings live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184, or on UVERSE at Channel 99. 

Proceedings are streamed live from the Metro Council Clerk’s Archived Media page at   and on the Louisville Metro Council Facebook page at:




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