“Landlords will no longer be able to be selective about their prospective tenants!”
Landlords will still hav ether opportunity to judge all applicants on the merits of their individual applications.
“Prioritizing formerly incarcerated people will deprioritize other people in need.”
The law adds formerly incarcerated people and people in pre-release to a list of prioritized communities. Members of this community will not replace other prioritized communities. Additionally, due to legalized discrimination against people with criminal records, this community is generally deprioritized in affordable housing opportunities to begin with.
“This law will make neighborhoods unsafe.”
Laws have been passed in multiple cities around the country to challenge housing barriers for justice-involved households. Additionally, pilot programs providing vouchers to formerly incarcerated people refining success. Although these laws are relatively new, there are no reports that the laws have led to an increase in crime or problems in buildings.
“Access to housing will have no influence on someone’s likelihood of engaging in criminal activity.”
Research shows that formerly incarcerated people with access to stable housing are less likely to commit a crim. In a pilot program in Ohio, giving supportive housing to people with disabilities upon reentry led to a 40% drop in recidivism.