While New York’s state laws have protected people with conviction histories from professional discrimination for decades, there are no protections for people seeking housing aside from housing funded solely by the state. All other landlords can refuse to rent homes to anyone who has ever been arrested—no matter how minor the offense or how long ago it occurred. Too often, those with conviction histories who have been denied housing find themselves relegated to the streets, shelters, and unregulated, substandard housing.
We lead a coalition of human service providers, attorneys, and activists—including people who have experienced housing discrimination firsthand—to change discriminatory policies. Ensuring that people with conviction histories have equal access to safe and stable housing strengthens our communities.
To learn more about this campaign and help end discrimination, visit fairchancehousing.org.
Watch our powerful 4 minute video about the racist impact of background checks in housing across generations. Housing is a human right and having a record is no reason to be denied a safe, stable home.