The Columbia Housing Authority’s policy will be updated to better comply with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of family. The CHA will define family as any individual or group living together.
This definition aims to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status. Phil Steinhaus, CEO of the Columbia Housing Authority, said the CHA has already based it’s program on the inclusive definition and the text change is just a formality.
The Springfield City Council voted to table a proposal to expand the city's nondiscrimination ordinance.
The city is considering prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The council was considering Monday night whether to vote on the issue or put it to a public vote.
Instead, the council voted 7-2 to postpone action on the ordinance.
The city will instead appoint a task force to work toward a compromise on an issue that has created passionate debate for weeks.