Finding housing is hard—but for people leaving prison and jail, it’s almost impossible We need to open doors for people reentering society, not shut them.

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We must take a hard look at how we treat people who have repaid their debt to society. We should open doors, not shut them.

In recent years, however, there has been growing momentum to ease restrictions around housing for formerly incarcerated individuals. In 2017, Vera launched the Opening Doors to Public Housing initiative to expand access to housing for people with conviction histories. Now, with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Vera has selected four new sites that will receive up to 12 months of technical assistance to plan and implement reentry programs and/or change their admissions policies to be more inclusive of people with conviction histories. The new sites—Lafayette Housing Authority, Louisiana; San Diego County, CA Housing Authority; Oklahoma City Housing Authority; and Delaware State Housing Authority—will work to safely increase access to housing for people with conviction histories and improve the safety of public housing and surrounding communities through the use of reentry housing strategies.   

We must take a hard look at how we treat people who have repaid their debt to society. We should open doors, not shut them.

Check out our new fact sheet to learn more about how we’re safely increasing access to public housing for people with conviction histories.