Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Kamala Harris make joint efforts to aid people with criminal records to get federal housing help.
“Too many people become involved in our criminal justice system and serve their time only to return home to face additional barriers to employment, education, and housing. By requiring a higher standard of evidence and a more holistic review process, we are taking a significant step toward giving Americans a fair chance to succeed,” she said.
Despite the indulgence of the housing by former prisoners, the bill would also limit the use of drug and alcohol tests, as well as allow funding of homeless service providers of $10 million. It would also require people to be evicted or banned from obtaining housing because of criminal activity receive “adequate written notice” and the opportunity to appeal the decision.
Both the convictions, including drug offenses, that led to imprisonment for up to 10 years and the crimes which are related to “fees or back payments associated with incarceration” , cannot make it difficult to get housing aids.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had previously asked Ben Carson, Minister of Housing and Urban Planning, about conditions of people eviction for one case of criminal activity if he was ready to “support being able to move some of these policies over to a more holistic review?”
Carson answered that he is “always in favor of more flexibility.”
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