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Tiana Martin was looking for new housing to rent around Dupont Circle, where she was already living. When she came across Latrobe Apartment Homes located at 1325 15th Street NW, Martin learned the landlord did not accept housing vouchers as a source of payment for monthly rent. In fact, the Latrobe website says, “We do not accept housing vouchers at this community” on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Now, she’s suing Apartment Investment Management Company, the owner and operator of Latrobe, City Paper reports. The lawsuit filed in court on Tuesday accuses the real estate company of violating several laws including the D.C. Human Rights Act, which says it is illegal to discriminate against renters based on their “source of income.” The law firm, Handley Farah & Anderson, is representing Martin.
“We think it’s really important to make sure that the laws around source of income discrimination are enforced and respected to ensure that all District residents can continue to live throughout the city and have affordable housing,” says Rachel Nadas, an associate attorney at Handley Farah & Anderson.
Latrobe isn’t the first to say it won’t accept housing vouchers as payment for rent. Spot any landlords who do this? Or just the opposite—landlords who welcome vouchers? Please tell me about your experience using the Housing Choice Voucher Program in D.C. by replying to this newsletter or emailing me directly. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email firstname.lastname@example.org)
CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:
Home-sharing platforms like Airbnb have made housing more expensive in certain D.C. neighborhoods, per a new report. [WAMU]
Checking in on D.C.’s maternal health care crisis. [DCLine]
Mayor’s office asks Virginia lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws to help lower the city’s murder rate. [WUSA9]
ICYMI: Virginia’s gun-control package doesn’t mention ghost guns, homemade weapons that are becoming a problem in D.C. There’s a Council bill to address the issue, but it doesn’t catch them all. [WCP]
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? email@example.com)
Mayor Muriel Bowser may seek a third term in 2022. [Twitter]
An MPD officer conducted an illegal and sexually invasive search of a man, according to a new ACLU-DC lawsuit. [DCist]
Council complains about retroactive contracts, approves them anyway. [Washington Times]
Virginia Democrats are pushing four gun control bills. [WTOP]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
Why three D.C. wine bars offered discounts, mocked-up menus last night. [WCP]
Feed your onion soup craving. [Eater]
Try Timber Pizza before you fly. [Washingtonian]
Everything from Gypsy Sally’s is for sale. [WBJ]
ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? email@example.com)
Local jazz quartet ¡FIASCO!’s new album Arson is a treat for the ears. [WCP]
A new Georgetown University study finds that a liberal arts education can be practical, and value adds up over time. [Post]
Woo at the Zoo is sure to change you. [Washingtonian]
SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
Caps rising star Jakub Vrana is having a career season. But that doesn’t mean he’s anywhere near satisfied. [WCP]
The MLB determined in an explosive report that the Houston Astros, the Nats’ World Series opponent, used cameras to steal signs from opposing teams’ catchers during the 2017 season. As a result, the Astros fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow shortly after the league suspended them for a year. [ESPN]
The NHL’s Black Hockey History Tour’s mobile museum will be in front of the Canadian Embassy today from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. [WTOP]
Nicklas Backstrom has signed a five-year, $46 million contract extension with the Caps. [NHL.com]
D.C. sports betting app is expected to go live in March. [Post]
The Washington NFL team has promoted Kyle Smith to vice president of player personnel. [NBC Sports Washington]
Today, Jan. 14: Author Ada Calhoun is trying to figure out Why We Can’t Sleep. 7 p.m. at Solid State Books, 600 H St. NE. Free.
Wednesday, Jan. 15: What’s that sound? Probably the hiss from Hiss Golden Messenger coming to town. (Also, a dollar from every ticket goes to the Durham Public Schools Foundation.) 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $26.
Thursday, Jan. 16: FiveThirtyEight‘s politics podcast goes live: Nate Silver, Clare Malone, Micah Cohen, and Galen Druke discuss the winnowing Democratic field.6 p.m. at Sixth & I, 600 I St. NW. $45–$100.