Via The Seattle Medium: "'Creating an affordable Seattle means we must have equitable access to housing for everyone. Too many of our residents face life-long barriers to housing due to their criminal histories long after they have served their sentences and paid their debt to society.'"
Via The New Tropic: "After being released from prison some 20 years ago, Kevin Springs still can’t find a job. “I literally had to fight to regain some semblance of humanity where I could move forward with my life,” he said. Believing that education would be the way forward, Springs went back to school. He went on to earn two technical degrees and eventually pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work from FIU. But just as he embarked on his senior year, he was pulled into the dean’s office. Due to Kevin’s past conviction history, the school was having trouble finding a site for him to complete his field work practicum — a course required for graduation."
Via The Seattle Times: "'Creating an affordable Seattle means we must have equitable access to housing for everyone,' Murray said in a statement.'Too many of our residents face lifelong barriers to housing due to their criminal histories long after they have served their sentences and paid their debt to society. Lack of fair access to housing can lead to homelessness and deeper dependence on public services. We must ensure everyone in our community has a fair chance to find a stable home.'"
Via KUOW: "Bill Radke speaks with Columbia Legal Services attorney Merf Ehman and landlord rights lawyer Evan Loeffler about a proposal before the Seattle City Council that would change how landlords are allowed to screen tenants."
Via The Seattle Times: "A group of Seattle organizations will launch a campaign Monday for city legislation banning landlords from automatically denying prospective tenants with criminal records."
Via The Seattle Medium: "On Monday, The Seattle City Council unanimously approved Resolution 31637, which calls on City departments to convene a prisoner and community correction re-entry work group to coordinate and strengthen the City's efforts to assist re-entry."
Via The Seattle Times: "'I’m not going to lie and pretend this hasn’t taken a toll on me,' Simmons says. 'You asked me if I think anyone can rise up out of a homeless shelter. I mean, I’m getting $100,000 job offers and I can’t seem to get out.'
'I try to stay positive that I can be the one to do it. But I don’t know. I honestly don’t know.'”
Via Brennan Center for Justice: "As Attorney General Eric Holder has stated, 'Reentry provides a major opportunity to reduce recidivism, save taxpayer dollars, and make our communities safer.'
Improving access to stable housing is critical to supporting successful reentry, and strengthening marginalized communities. HUD should make good on the administration’s commitment by providing stronger guidance at the federal level to help stem the tide of overbroad evictions and exclusions of those with criminal records from public housing."
Via Human Rights Watch: "Many people in need of housing assistance do not apply because they have criminal records. Although there is no way to quantify this assertion, our research indicates that many eligible applicants, or those who would certainly be eligible if PHAs rightfully gave individual consideration to each application, do not apply. Some do not know they are eligible despite having a criminal record, others are misled into believing that they are not, and still others are turned away at the applications desk by PHA employees who do not understand the exclusionary policies."