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New Report Highlights Strategies to Improve Housing for Individuals with Criminal Records

14 September 2016

The Federal Interagency Reentry Council’s new report, A Record of Progress and a Roadmap for the Future, discusses the strategies federal agencies have implemented to ensure formerly incarcerated individuals have access to employment opportunities, education, health, and stable housing. The report outlines current initiatives that the U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have established to improve housing stability for these individuals and highlights future policies and partnerships to increase opportunities for safe, stable homes for individuals with criminal records.

The Federal Interagency Reentry Council plans to implement the following activities in the upcoming years:

  • Provide training and technical assistance to HUD field staff to ensure that staff understands current guidance around housing opportunity for justice-involved individuals.  
  • Provide housing assessment and discharge planning guidance for correctional institutions to assess the housing stability of those coming out of the criminal justice system. 
  • Disseminate information and engage stakeholders to ensure implementation of fair housing policies. 
  • Learn from new innovative pilots to inform future direction.
  • Promote effective program models and technical assistance strategies to help local communities learn about best practices from other communities.

Click here to read the report.