To whom it may concern:
At our April meeting, via a vote by the Board of Directors of United Neighborhoods of Evansville, we would like to express our strong support for Ordinance G-2016-10 an Ordinance Amending Chapter 9.20 (Prohibiting the use of Property for Illegal and Nuisance Activity) of The Code of Ordinances. On April 4th, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development sent out a memo on the application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the use of criminal records by the providers of housing and real estate related transactions. Simply put this action has caused our city’s Good Neighbor Ordinance to be outdated and in need of change in order to keep the city from being exposed to potential liability going forward.
For months, a diverse made up of Apartment Associations, Property Managers and Owners, Neighborhoods, Law Enforcement, Elected Officials as well as several other interested parties have been meeting going back to November 2015. United Neighborhoods of Evansville has been a part of this group that was formed to discuss updating this local ordinance in order to both refine and improve its effectiveness. Through many meetings and discussions since that time, a refined and updated amendment in line with HUD guidelines is what you now have in front of you for approval. This update includes additional protections for victims of reported incidents of domestic violence that were not present within the original one 15 months ago.
We are extremely grateful for the positive community changes that this Ordinance has brought. The City of Evansville has been a leader on this issue and many other communities statewide have reached out to our leadership in order to draft similar ordinances in their own areas. We recommend that Ordinance G-2016-10 move forward when it comes up to a vote. If I may be of any other assistance, please contact me, Chris Cooke, President of United Neighborhoods of Evansville, on behalf of our board of directors at 812-428-4243.
United Neighborhoods of Evansville