ROANOKE, Virginia – There is a new effort to help victims of domestic violence in Virginia.
Under a new bill, landlords could not deny housing to victims of domestic violence because of their credit. Applicants would be required to have proof of abuse, such as a police report, in order to qualify.
Of the. Sam Rasoul, a Democrat representing Roanoke in the Virginia General Assembly, introduced the bill last week. This could be discussed as early as next month. The next legislative session begins on January 8.
Of the. Rasoul told 10 News that a local woman, Kiesha Preston, had inspired her. She wants to make sure that other victims of domestic violence do not face the same challenges as she does.
“It allows people who are still in abusive relationships to leave because a big reason people don’t leave is for financial reasons or the fear of not having a place to go,” said Preston.
She now has a place in Roanoke for herself and her children, but a few years ago the landlords turned her down because she had bad credit, which she claims was her partner’s.
“A lot of the house’s utilities have been cut. The joint bank accounts ended up being completely emptied and I had three dependent children, ”she said.
Preston said she was making enough money to pay rent, but because of her credit she received denial after denial on her application.
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