Millions of Americans—a disproportionate number of whom are people of color—have criminal records that can be a barrier to housing. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued groundbreaking guidance stating that admission denials, evictions, and other adverse housing decisions based on a person’s criminal record may constitute racial discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.
Since its release, advocates, housing providers, and others affected by the guidance have come forward with questions such as:
· What type of housing actions does the guidance apply to?
· How can I assess whether a criminal record policy is discriminatory?
Join the Shriver Center and officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a webinar on October 26th to learn answers to these and other pressing questions. The webinar will feature an overview of the guidance, an interview with a HUD official, and a live Q&A session including questions from attendees.
This webinar supplements the Shriver Center’s April 2016 webinar, which focused primarily on federally subsidized housing providers.
· Tonya Robinson, Acting General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, HUD
· Michelle Aronowitz, Deputy General Counsel for Enforcement and Fair Housing
· Casey Weissman-Vermeulen, Trial Attorney, Fair Housing Enforcement Division, Office of General Counsel, HUD
· Marie Claire Tran-Leung, Staff Attorney, Housing Justice, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
2:00-3:00 pm ET / 11:00-12:00 PT