No Second Chance: People with Criminal Records Denied Access to Public Housing

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Advocates will find this report helpful for its succinct and well-cited chapters on the right to adequate housing, "One Strike" federal policy development, local housing exclusions, and screening procedures. The report also covers the many difficulties people face in legal challenges to their exclusion from public housing. Human Rights Watch offers recommendations to Congress, HUD, PHAs, publicly funded legal services organizations and the United Nations. Advocates may find the executive summary helpful as it describes how PHAs that have implemented less harsh policies believe they have achieved increased safety and reduced crime. Policy recommendations may be relevant for state law reform involving the effect of criminal penalties in employment and other areas.