Coalition of Advocates Urges Biden Administration to Ensure Greater Housing Access to People with Arrest & Conviction Records

Justice-involved individuals deserve the chance to find safe, stable, and affordable housing.

No person can thrive without safe, secure, and affordable housing. Yet individuals with justice system involvement often face insurmountable hurdles to meet this basic need.

Justice-involved individuals deserve the chance to find safe, stable, and affordable housing. And we must continue to prioritize the voices of justice-involved individuals in arriving at meaningful solutions.

The Shriver Center on Poverty Law along with a broad coalition of tenant, fair housing, and criminal legal reform advocacy organizations and advocates – including the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted Persons and Families Movement, JustLeadership USA, the National Housing Law Project, and the National Low Income Housing Coalition – sent a letter to the Biden Administration with recommendations to enhance housing access for justice-involved individuals. Recommendations include:

  • reinstituting and bolstering Obama-era Fair Housing Act regulations and guidance, such as those implementing disparate impact protections, to ensure greater housing access to people with arrest and conviction records; 
  • ensuring justice-involved individuals have equitable access to federally subsidized housing; and 
  • increasing federal regulation of the tenant-screening industry. 

Read our full letter and list of recommendations to the Biden Administration.

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Shelter is not only a basic human need, it is also critical to people’s ability to pursue and attain economic stability.

Housing is fundamental to achieving economic stability, better health outcomes, and thriving families and communities.

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