Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, was selected this week as the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance’s Legislator of the Year.
Hobbs earned this recognition in part for his work on the Fair Tenant Screening Act, Part 2 (Senate Bill 5568) which eliminates barriers to housing for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
Because of the bill, which was signed by Gov. Inslee on April 23, it will soon be illegal for tenant screening companies to report on a housing applicant’s status as a survivor of these crimes, protecting them from potentially discriminatory housing practices.
“My hope is this bill will help the transition from domestic violence a little less difficult,” Hobbs said. “Victims of domestic violence have been through more than many of us can imagine. There’s no reason to relive that horror while looking for a home.”
“As the lead sponsor, Sen. Hobbs tirelessly steered this bill through a tumultuous session and we thank him for focusing his efforts on this important issue,” said Rachael Myers, Executive Director of the Low Income Housing Alliance.