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Criminal Background, Arrest and Conviction Record and Fair Housing

June 12, 2014 | Categories: About FHC, Fair Housing Law, Publications | Tags: arrest record, civil rights, conviction record, criminal background, criminal background check, Disparate Impact, ex-offenders, fair housing, Fair Housing Act, fair housing center of southeastern michigan, Harvard Law Review, HUD, John Relman, Michael Allen, Public Housing, race, racial disparity, tenancy selection, U.S. Department of Justice, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

This article was originally published in our Spring 2014 Newsletter. The United States Department of Justice advises that more than 650,000 ex-offenders are released from prison every year1, and social scientists and legal scholars now estimate up to 65,000,000 people are living with a criminal conviction in the U.S.2 A high percentage of those 65 million […]


HUD Secretary Donovan Encourages Public Housing Authorities to Give Ex-Offenders Second Chances

June 24, 2011 | Categories: News | Tags: criminal background, ex-offenders, HUD, PHA, Public Housing, Shaun Donovan, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovon and Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing Sandra Henriquez wrote a letter to the Executive Directors of the Country’s Public Housing Authorites (PHA’s) on June 17, 2011 encouraging them to help ex-offenders reunite with their families and get a second chance in life by using less restrictive tenant selection criteria. […]


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