Last Chance! Comment and Join Partnership for Just Housing’s Sign-On Letter in Support of HUD’s Efforts to Decrease Barriers to HUD-Assisted Housing

The comment portal for HUD’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), “Reducing Barriers to HUD-Assisted Housing,” closes TONIGHT (June 10) at 11:59 pm ET, making today advocates’ last chance to weigh in with HUD on the proposal, which updates HUD’s existing screening regulations for applicants with conviction histories or a history of involvement with the criminal-legal system.

Advocates can weigh in with HUD by:

  • Signing an organizational letter providing specific recommendations to HUD to strengthen the proposed rule. This letter, authored by the Partnership for Just Housing (PJH) and Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People and Families Movement (FICPFM), provides HUD with specific recommendations to improve the proposal. These recommendations were crafted in partnership with formerly incarcerated and convicted people. The deadline to sign on is today, June 10, at 3 pm ET. Read the letter and sign-on here.
  • Submit your own public comment. Advocates can support HUD’s efforts to ensure greater access to housing for people with conviction histories by submitting their own public comment. Participating in the public comment period is a great way to make sure the voices of people with lived experience are heard and to influence federal policymaking. The deadline for comments is 11:59 pm ET on June 10. Submit your own comment here.
  • Using the comment portal from the Vera Institute for Justice (Vera). Vera created a comment portal where advocates can submit comments in support of the proposed rule. The portal includes a template with a pre-written message that advocates can submit as-is or update with their own content. While all positive messages help, to be fully considered by HUD, comments must be at least 30% original content.

In addition, NLIHC circulated an organizational sign-on letter expressing broad support for HUD’s efforts to decrease barriers to HUD-assisted housing for formerly incarcerated and convicted people and their families. The letter closed yesterday – thank you to all who joined!

NLIHC will continue to update our website with additional resources and information.

View the proposed rule and submit a public comment here.

Learn more about the proposed rule here.