The Long Road Home: Decreasing Barriers to Public Housing for People with Criminal Records

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The Long Road Home: Decreasing Barriers to Public Housing for People with Criminal Records examines how policies that exclude people with criminal records from public housing have long-lasting, damaging impacts on health and equity in our communities.

The new report, led by Human Impact Partners in partnership with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, uses the Oakland Housing Authority as a case study and investigates the impact of current practices.

Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families; credit: Micah BazantKey Findings:

  • Historical policies have created racial disparities in housing and health outcomes.

  • Access to stable housing serves as a foundation for families to improve their health, employment and education opportunities, family reunification, and social networks.

  • Allowing applicants to present mitigating circumstances in their initial public housing applications would likely result in fewer denials because of a criminal history.

The #LongRoadHome also offers recommendations on how to create more inclusive housing policies that would decrease racial disparities, improve health outcomes, and reunite families. 

The advisory committee for this report included California District 18 State Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s Office, East Bay Housing Organizations, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Oakland Community Organizations, and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. 

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