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The Crimes that Bind

The Intersection of Subsidized Housing and Criminal Law

By Hong Tran

Current or past involvement with the criminal justice system may render applicants ineligible for admission to public housing programs, including Section 8. Legal advocates should be knowledgeable about how criminal conduct, even mere accusations of such, can result in barriers to subsidized housing assistance and how these barriers may be compounded when the applicant has a mental disability or is a domestic violence victim or noncitizen. By understanding these issues, advocates can develop systemic strategies to ensure such applicants’ admission to or retention of subsidized housing.

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