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Housing: Legal Outlines

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Statutes and Regulations

24 C.F.R. §982.553: Denial of Admission and Termination of Assistance for Criminals and Alcohol Abusers

24 C.F.R. §5.850 et seq.: Preventing Crime in Federally Assisted Housing: Denying Admission and Terminating Tenancy for Criminal Activity of Alcohol Abuse

HUD H 2002 - 22 Screening and Eviction for Drug Abuse and Other Criminal Activity - Final Rule

Legal Summaries

Overcoming Barriers to Housing for People with Criminal Records Powerpoint Presentation

Powerpoint presentation covering housing laws affecting people with criminal records.

Legal Action Center: Housing Law Affecting Individuals with Criminal Convictions

This summary describes the federal public housing laws that govern the admission and eviction of people with criminal histories into federally assisted housing.

Improving Housing Opportunities for Individuals with Conviction Records: Making a Claim of Racial Discrimination Under the Federal Fair Housing Act.

Explains how the Fair Housing Act applies to discrimination against people with records in housing.

Schaafsma: Criminal Activity Based Barriers to HUD Assisted Rental Housing

Overview of record-based barriers to subsidized housing.

Housing Law Bulletin: No Trespass Policies – Hicks and Its Aftermath

This article discussed no trespass policies used by public housing authorities to keep people with records from visiting public housing.

Briefs and Pleadings

Answer: Public Housing

Motion to Dismiss based on due process and notice violations in case of eviction from public housing based on tenant's son's drug arrest.

Answer to Eviction of Sex Offender from Subsidized Housing

Sample answer to an eviction of a current tenant in subsidized housing who is being evicted for being on the sex offender registry.

Sample Letter Regarding Denial of Admission to Section 8 Housing Based on Criminal Record

Sample Letter Regarding Voucher Transfer Denial Based on Registry Status

Sample letter explaining that an individual with a 25 year sex offender registry requirement may not be denied a Section 8 voucher transfer based on registry status.

Letter on Exception to Residency Rules Governing Sex Offenders

Sample letter explaining why individual listed on the sex offender registry falls within exception to 1000-feet-from-a-school residency requirement.

Motion to Allow Individual to Live within 1000 feet of a school due to grandfathered status

Individuals on the sex offender registry who historically lived within 1000 feet of a school may continue to live there. This is a motion to compel the police to register such an individual.

Sample Letter to Mobile Home Park Regarding Denial of Admission Based on Criminal Record.

This letter argues that denying admission to a person with a criminal record can violate the Fair Housing Act.

Policy Materials

CLASP Fact Sheet: One Strike and You’re Out: Low-Income Families Barred From Housing Because of Criminal Records

The report contains an introduction with background information on parents with criminal records, and chapters on employment, public benefits, housing, child welfare, student loans, and immigration. These chapters feature stories of ex-offenders who have confronted these barriers, illustrating the inequities of these collateral consequences.

Improving Housing Opportunities for Individuals with Conviction Records

Advocacy toolkit on record-related housing issues.

Self Help Materials

Got a Record? Know Your Rights - Housing

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