WHEN: Wednesday, February 1, 2016 from 1:30 pm - 3:00pm
WHERE: Bertha Knight Landes Room / Seattle City Hall 600 4th Ave. / Seattle, WA 98104
In April 2016, HUD Office of General Counsel published guidance on the use of criminal records by housing providers. In the guidance, HUD reported as many as 100 million U.S. adults have a criminal record of some sort. The United States prison population of 2.2 million adults is by far the largest in the world. Across the United States, African Americans and Hispanics are arrested, convicted and incarcerated disproportionate to their share of the general population. When individuals are released from prisons and jails, their ability to access safe, secure and affordable housing is critical to their successful reentry to society. Yet many formerly incarcerated individuals encounter significant barriers to securing housing.
The training and panel on February 1 will focus on HUD’s guidance and steps housing providers can take to ensure they are compliant with fair housing. Seattle City Council passed a resolution in June 2016 endorsing HUD’s guidance, which encourages landlords to utilize individualized tenant assessments as a best practice when using criminal history in the screening process.
Our panelists include: Randy Redford, Attorney, Puckett & Redford PLLC; Jennifer Wood, Director of Property Management, Cambridge Management, Inc.; other professional property managers; and moderator Dan Foley, Housing Portfolio Manager, Seattle Office of Housing.
Please let us know if you plan to attend by clicking "Register" at the top of this page.
Seattle Office for Civil Rights
In partnership with: Seattle Office of Housing