Research review on housing ex-offenders provides evidence for housing providers to consider in applicant screening

While it can be difficult for ex-offenders and individuals with criminal records to find housing, these individuals benefit significantly when they have access to affordable housing, and communities experience spill-over benefits. Residential instability and frequent moves have been linked to recidivism. In their Housing Policy Debate paper, "One Strike to Second Chances: Using Criminal Backgrounds in Admission Decisions for Assisted Housing," Rebecca J. Walter, Jill Viglion and Marie Skuback Tillyer review existing research on recidivism with the goal of helping housing providers as they make admission decisions. Their review of available research indicates that criminal history does not predict housing retention success. It also provides support for specific ways housing providers can refine their admission policies by considering age of applicant, age of criminal record and family support among other factors when reviewing an ex-offender’s application for housing. Continue reading in my blog post.

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