JLUSA Applauds HUD Plan to Remove Unnecessary Barriers to Housing for People with Criminal Records

April 26, 2023

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced further steps HUD is taking to “ensure that qualified people are not denied the opportunity to access housing solely due to a criminal history record.” Specifically, HUD plans to issue a Notice of Proposed Rule Making in which it proposes to change its regulations governing public housing agencies and HUD-subsidized housing providers to prevent unnecessary denials of housing assistance to people with criminal history records.

In response, JustLeadershipUSA President and CEO DeAnna Hoskins issued the following statement: “We applaud Secretary Fudge and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for continuing their commitment to the basic human needs of people following a time of incarceration. At the beginning of the Biden administration, JustLeadershipUSA issued a national roadmap for federal policy, which the administration has taken under advisement and has followed through on many of the things we have sought, including this critical piece on removing discriminatory bans on public housing for people with criminal legal convictions.”

JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) is the only national-level tax-exempt criminal justice organization that is both founded by and led by formerly incarcerated people. JLUSA is dedicated to amplifying the power of people who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system to self-organize and empower their communities to dismantle racist and oppressive systems in their communities to build a just U.S. Learn more at jlusa.org.

Stephen Knight

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