About the Chapter 18 Ordinance Proposal
On February 24, the Kalamazoo City Commission reviewed a proposal to update Chapter 18 of the Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances, which addresses Community Relations and Discrimination. Among the changes proposed would be new protections for people using housing vouchers or county identification cards, as well as those who have previously been incarcerated. Additionally, rental housing application fees would be limited to actual costs, and a civil rights board would be established to review contested cases of discrimination that would come under the purview of the ordinance.
The proposal is a collaboration between several community partners including the Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community (ISAAC), and Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Kalamazoo.
If adopted, this would be the first major change to address housing issues in Kalamazoo since gender identity and sexual orientation were added as local protections in 2009. Similar ordinances were adopted by the City of Grand Rapids in August 2019.