Returning residents have taken accountability for their mistakes. They should not face housing discrimination when they return back to their communities.
Returning residents are vulnerable to discrimination in housing, and that can have an impact on whether an individual successfully transitions into the community, or ends up in prison. The cards are stacked against returning residents when it comes to affordability, with barriers to public housing due to restrictions on individuals with felonies living in public housing.
H.O.M.E.S. envisions a world where all returning citizens are afforded a housing plan 6-12 months before they are released. We are demanding an end to housing discrimination for people returning from prison.
POLICIES ON OUR 2021 AGENDA
BAN THE BOX ON ALL HOUSING APPLICATIONS
A fair chance ordinance is a law adopted by a local jurisdiction (usually a city or county) that creates rules that limit the use of criminal records by landlords when they are screening prospective tenants. The purpose of a fair chance ordinance is to reduce barriers that people who have had contact with the criminal justice system frequently face when they are looking for housing. Fair chance ordinances generally include rules limiting what types of criminal history landlords can consider and procedures that landlords have to follow when screening prospective tenants, as well as rules about how these requirements will be enforced.
ACCESS TO PUBLIC HOUSING FOR RETURNING RESIDENTS
Ensuring accessible housing options for returning residents. There is a current pilot program supported by Delaware’s five public housing authorities (PHAs), the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) and the Delaware Center for Justice (DCJ).