In November 2015, HUD issued a far-reaching Notice (H2015-10) intended to provide guidance to owners of federally assisted housing and PHAs on the use of arrest and criminal records in tenant selection, denial of federal assistance, and evictions.
This Notice is driven by the desire of HUD and other federal agencies to: 1) reduce the barriers to affordable housing for previously incarcerated persons and 2) ensure that arrest records alone are not the basis for denial of assistance. HUD seeks to achieve these ends while also recognizing the need to ensure the safety of all residents.
It is left to the owners and managers of federally assisted housing to walk the tightrope.
In this important webinar, NCHM Vice President of Housing Programs and lead HUD compliance professional Lisa Vercauteren will help participants navigate this complex issue. Lisa will explain the notice and provide practical suggestions on how to proceed.
Topics discussed will include:
The use of an arrest record in housing decisions
"One strike" policies
Look-back periods and criminal records
The effect of disparate impact on selection criteria