Flyers for Public Housing Authorities on Reentry Housing


Public housing authorities are changing their policies to increase access for people with conviction histories—making communities, housing developments, and families safer. The Oklahoma City Housing Authority and the Lafayette Housing Authority recently reexamined their admissions policies to improve access. Both housing authorities are partners in Vera’s Opening Doors to Public Housing initiative, funded by the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. These flyers were created to publicize important changes and existing policy to community members impacted by the justice system, reentry service providers, and corrections stakeholders.

An important aspect of admissions policies for applicants with conviction histories is the length of the “look-back period”— the amount of time from a conviction that the authority considers relevant. Reducing the look-back period, which these housing authorities have done, expands opportunities for applicants. Other steps to increase access include giving less weight to arrests and evictions and actively pursuing evidence of mitigating circumstances and relevant program participation.


Finding housing is hard—but for people leaving prison and jail, it’s almost impossible

We need to open doors for people reentering society, not shut them.

In recent years, however, there has been growing momentum to ease restrictions around housing for formerly incarcerated individuals. In 2017, Vera launched the Opening Doors to Public Housing initiative to expand access to housing for people with conviction histories. Now, with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistan ...

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  • Jack Duran
    Jack Duran
August 30, 2018
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