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L.A. County makes it easier for ex-inmates to get Section 8 housing
L.A. County makes it easier for ex-inmates to get Section 8 housing

In a close vote, Los Angeles County supervisors decided Tuesday to make it easier for people released from jail or prison to apply for federally subsidized housing. The county had previously rejected any applicant who was on probation or parole from receiving rent assistance under Section 8 of the federal housing act. But in calling for the change, Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas said that policy only "prevents family reunification and integration back into [the] community" and makes rehabilitation tougher. Under the new county guidelines, an applicant's probation or parole status will not matter and he or she generally will not be disqualified for drug...

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