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One Strike to Second Chances: Using Criminal Backgrounds in Admission Decisions for Assisted Housing

Walter, Rebecca J., Jill Viglione, and Marie Skubak Tillyer. Housing Policy Debate 27, no. 5 (2017): 1-17.

“Many public housing authorities have not updated their admission policies for using criminal backgrounds and still adhere to the one strike philosophy. In response to new guidance from HUD, housing agencies are trying to find a balance between screening practices to identify demonstrable risk but avoid discrimination and violation of the Fair Housing Act. This research examines several questions critical to assisting housing providers to address the new guidance from HUD (p. 1).”

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