Federal Housing Officials Warn Against Blanket Bans of Ex-Offenders
Private landlords who have blanket bans on renting to people with criminal records are in violation of the Fair Housing Act and can be sued and face penalties for discrimination, the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development said. Click here to visit the NY Times article and/or here to read the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT Fair Housing position paper in pdf format.
In Letter to Property Owners, HUD Secretary Clarifies Agency’s Position on Renting HUD-Subsidized Properties to People with Criminal Records
Earlier this month, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan sent a letter clarifying HUD’s position on whether ex-offenders can live in HUD-subsidized properties. The letter, which was co-signed by HUD’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner Carol Galante, was sent to private rental property owners of HUD-assisted properties. Donovan and Galante called on owners “to seek a balance between allowing ex-offenders to reunite with families that live in HUD subsidized housing, and ensuring the safety of all residents.”
To view this letter, which also enumerates the specific cases when property owners do not have discretion regarding whom they rent to, click here. To access the National Reentry Resource Center webpage on this topic, click here.