U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

How do you help former inmates find housing without endangering landlords and their tenants?

How do you help former inmates find housing without endangering landlords and their tenants?

The United States holds 2.2 million people in its prisons, and every year, some 650,000 of them are released. If they are to re-enter society as productive, law-abiding citizens, they often need mental health or drug treatment, education, training, health care, jobs — and, of course, they all need housing. Those without a decent roof over their heads are obviously less likely to make a successful transition. Yet affordable housing is often scarce, and a past criminal conviction is often a serious barrier to a skeptical landlord.

Mindful of that, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued new guidelines on Monday, restricting landlords' ability to take into...

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