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Kalamazoo ordinance would address inequities in housing

Posted at 4:25 AM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 07:47:28-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Kalamazoo City Commission meets Monday to talk about proposed ordinance changes that seek to address structural racism and inequality in housing.

The ordinance changes, proposed by Vice Mayor Patrese Griffin, would regulate rental housing application fees and create a civil rights board to review cases for possible discrimination.

Griffin says this will help to ensure that landlords and property managers are abiding by applicable ordinances and treating all renters fairly.

A special work session is planned Monday at 6 p.m. at the Kalamazoo City Hall.

If adopted, the ordinance would be the first major change in addressing housing issues in Kalamazoo since gender identity and sexual orientation were added as local protections in 2009.