Congressional Briefing on Why Housing Matters in Criminal Justice Reform

NLIHC is cosponsoring a congressional briefing on June 24 at 2 pm at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC, that focuses on why housing matters in criminal justice reform. The briefing will explore why we must ensure the reentry population has access to decent, affordable homes. It will also explore the barriers to housing those individuals continue to face and the current efforts to revisit and reform policies that have worked to exclude people with criminal records from federally subsidized housing.

Speakers include:

  • Kristen Clarke, president and executive director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Cashauna Hill, executive director, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
  • JoAnne Page, president and CEO, Fortune Society
  • Daryl Atkinson, Second Chance fellow, Department of Justice

Each year in the U.S., millions of individuals return to their communities after being released from state and federal prisons and local jails. For the reentry population, access to stable, safe, and affordable housing is crucial to ensure these individuals can get back on their feet and turn their lives around. Housing provides a platform for positive outcomes for the formerly incarcerated, their communities, and their families. Unfortunately, barriers to housing often prevent many from having a second chance after serving their time and increase the likelihood of recidivism and homelessness.

Organizations sponsoring the briefing include: National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Fair Housing Alliance, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, Fortune Society, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force, National Disability Rights Network, and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

This is a closed press event.

Please RSVP by June 23rd at noon. See the briefing invitation for details at: