2D. Nuisance Ordinances and Crime-free Housing Policies: How They Work, Who They Harm, and How to Fight Them
Nuisance ordinances and crime-free housing policies purport to discourage crime and promote safety and quality of life within communities. However, recent advocacy and research have revealed that these laws and policies have the opposite effect. These policies discourage residents from reporting and seeking emergency assistance for crimes, including incidents of domestic violence. Nuisance ordinance and crime-free housing policies also have been used in targeted enforcement efforts against communities of color. This workshop will provide an overview of how nuisance ordinances and crime-free housing policies negatively impact groups who have historically experienced housing discrimination and insecurity, such as survivors of domestic violence, people of color, persons experiencing disabilities, and renters. Panelists will discuss using tools such as litigation, policy advocacy, research, and legislation to combat these harmful laws and policies.