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Difficulties of finding housing after prison in the U.S.

Criminal background checks are frequently used as selection criteria to determine if an applicant qualifies to rent a home. This, even though the Fair Housing Act prohibits denying a property based on arrest records. “It was difficult. It made me feel discriminated against. I had the deposit, the money to move and they did not accept me,” says an affected prisoner. This story is part of the ‘Second Chances’ project.

Difficulties of finding housing after prison in the U.S.

Criminal background checks are frequently used as selection criteria to determine if an applicant qualifies to rent a home. This, even though the Fair Housing Act prohibits denying a property based on arrest records. “It was difficult. It made me feel discriminated against. I had the deposit, the money to move and they did not accept me,” says an affected prisoner. This story is part of the ‘Second Chances’ project.

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