My household has paid our share of rent on time. My family has been here 3 1/2 years. And now recieved a letter stating the landlord will not accpet Section 8 vouchers when our lease ends.
It is unfortunate what happened to you. Participation in Section 8 is voluntary for landlords in most areas of Washington state.
However, the cities of Seattle, Bellevue, Renton, and unincorporated King County have made it unlawful to discriminate based on Section 8 vouchers. I have not found information that shows you will have this protection in the city of Silverdale or Kitsap County, but you could contact them to verify.
The state of Washington has thus far not approved legislation preventing housing discrimination based on Section 8 participation statewide. I attached an article about this. I also included Kitsap's County's own analysis of the issue. See page 4 for a chart showing laws throughout the area addressing Section 8 discrimination. I also included the Landlord guide that shows which areas offer protection from this type of discrimination.
If you can afford to live in one of the protected areas above, you can avoid this in the future. If you feel you are being discriminated against for one the protected reasons, you should file a complaint with the Fair Housing Center of Washington at 888-766-8800.
Just writing to add that you should be sure and bring this to the attention of your caseworker at the Housing Authority. If you have been there 3 1/2 years, you have six months or so to either work this out or get into a new tenancy. I wish you all the best with this, and the previous poster's commentary is spot on.
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