Working Group on NYCHA Permanent Exclusions

NYCHA Family Day

The Institute partnered with The Fortune Society, Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), and The Bronx Defenders to spread the word about NYCHA’s new applications to lift permanent exclusion at NYCHA Family Days across the city. Kids and parents alike visited our tables to play trivia games, win prizes, and learn more about fairness and equity in housing.

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) plays a critical role in providing affordable housing, but it also discriminates against individuals and families who have been impacted by the criminal legal system. Under NYCHA’s current permanent exclusion policies, contact with the criminal legal system can result in a tenant’s eviction and a lifetime ban from all NYCHA housing. This devastating result can occur even if the tenant is not convicted of an offense or if the legal system involvement at hand poses no risk to other tenants.

How We Champion Change
The Institute for Justice and Opportunity convenes a cross-section of housing, legal services, and criminal justice advocates to review NYCHA practices concerning permanent exclusion and ineligibility due to conviction histories. This group of engaged stakeholders is working to promote alternatives to eviction, permanent exclusion, and eligibility bars that would ultimately:

  • Better serve public safety needs
  • Preserve families
  • Ensure that people with past criminal legal system involvement have access to fair proceedings and adequate representation

Thanks to the Working Group, NYCHA has revised its process for lifting exclusion and created new clearer application forms to lift Permanent Exclusion. View our fact sheet here.    

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NYCHA youth training

The Institute, FUREE, and GOLES trained a group of young Lower East Side residents on NYCHA permanent exclusion policies and the repercussions on families and communities.