Under current federal and state law, housing discrimination due to criminal history is a lawful form of housing discrimination. However, an increasing number of studies are showing that the lack of safe, affordable housing dramatically impact recidivism rates.
- HUD Memo on Criminal History in Public Housing Authorities, June 17, 2011
- HUD Memo on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions, April 4, 2016
- HUD Guidance for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and Owners of Federally-Assisted Housing on Excluding the Use of Arrest Records in Housing Decisions, November 2, 2015
- U.S. Department of Justice Statement of Interest in Fortune Society Inc. v. Sandcastle Towers Housing Development Fund Corp. et al.
- National Reentry Resource Center Info: Provides additional information on housing rights
- Shriver Center Fair Housing & Criminal History
Reports of Interest:
- The Importance of Stable Housing for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals, Housing Law Bulletin, Volume 40.
- San Francisco Ordinance Providing Some Forms of Criminal History Protection in Housing
- Seattle Report – Eliminating Barriers to Jobs and Housing-Addressing the Impact of Arrests and Conviction Records, March 2011
- Supportive Housing for Returning Prisoners: Outcomes and Impacts of Returning Home, Urban Institute, August 2012
- Locked Out: Criminal Background Checks as a Tool for Discrimination, Report by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, September 2015
- Unlocking Discrimination, Report by the Equal Rights Center, October 2016.
- Locked Out: Criminal History Barriers To Affordable Rental Housing in Austin & Travis County, Texas, Austin/Travis County ReEntry Roundtable, October 2016