Scroll to the bottom of listings for apartments in Los Angeles, and you’ll often find a list of things landlords won’t accept: No pets. No smoking. And no Section 8.
Section 8 is a federally funded program that provides housing assistance vouchers to low-income renters. But most landlords in the city are turning away people who use those vouchers.
It’s not a new problem. But it has been getting worse in Los Angeles. Today, nearly half of the people who get a Section 8 voucher in L.A. will end up losing it because they can’t find anyone who will rent to them. Now, local officials want to prohibit landlords from rejecting those vouchers.