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Join us in supporting the Housing for Equitable Reentry and Opportunity Act!

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March 1, 2024

A PERSON’S PAST DOES NOT PREDICT THEIR FUTURE

Dear Friend of Fair Housing,

Our mission is to eliminate housing discrimination and expand housing opportunities to everyone. Fair housing laws ensure that all people have access to housing regardless of the protected characteristics—like disability, gender, or race—they might have, and create legal protections for people who are discriminated against in these unjust and arbitrary ways.

Yet, a particular group of people and their loved ones experience a prejudicial housing market because of their past.

Did you know that more than 2.1 million New Yorkers have a criminal record? Currently, all these individuals can legally be discriminated against in the housing market because of their past interactions with the criminal legal system. The Housing for Equitable Reentry and Opportunity Act seeks to prohibit discrimination based on conviction records by adding “criminal legal system involvement” as a protected class in housing.

A person’s past does not predict their future. Research shows that information revealed by criminal background checks is generally not useful in determining a tenant’s suitability. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a memo that cited research showing that criminal records do not predict tenant success. If the federal government has made the informed decision to encourage landlords to use methods other than criminal background checks to screen tenants, it is time for New York to reconsider this issue, too. Read more here.

Will your organization support the “Housing for Equitable Reentry and Opportunity” Act, S3251/A4959

If you wish to add your organization to the list of supporters, please click on the link provided:https://forms.gle/iBUpX4f7JUyW8p9H8

The full sign-on letter can be read and downloaded HERE.

Please share the link above with any organization you think would be interested in supporting this bill.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns;

Britny McKenzie, Policy Manager
bmckenzie@fairhousingjustice.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sincerely yours,

Britny J. McKenzie, MSW (she/her)
Policy Manager
Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc.
30-30 Northern Blvd., Suite 302
Long Island City, NY 11001
P: 212-400-8201 ext. 276

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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”  -Desmond Tutu