You know how the sentence is going to end. …except registrants.

A New York City Councilman, Keith Powers, sponsored the “Fair Chance for Housing Act,” that would prohibit landlords from excluding most potential tenants with a criminal history, or even asking whether they have a criminal history. The city’s housing crisis has led to unprecedented homelessness and a major contributor to the problem is that people with criminal histories have been excluded from housing.

The bill has 29 co-sponsors and significant public support. Advocates think it is likely to pass. Unfortunately, as with most criminal justice legislation, the Act would expressly exclude people required to register as sex offenders.

For more information about the act and the criminal justice agency that is advocating for it’s passage, visit https://www.fairchancehousing.org, educate them about the facts vs. myths about recidivism and ask that they not throw our population under the bus.

 

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