Use of Criminal Records to Deny Housing Violates Fair Housing Act

Preventing Risk of Homelessness

Use of Criminal Records to Deny Housing Violates Fair Housing ActThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released guidance to landlords and other housing providers clarifying that the use of criminal records to deny housing violates the Fair Housing Act when their use has a disproportionate affect on persons based on their race or national origin.

Having a criminal record is too often a barrier to housing and puts many people, and disproportionately African Americans, at risk of homelessness.

On April 4, 2016 Senator Tim Kane (D-VA) addressed the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual Policy Forum in Washington DC. Speaking about Criminal Justice Reform and Affordable Housing, Senator Kane said,

“Where you live is part of your definition of who you are.”

Fair Housing Guidance