Webinar on Ensuring Fair Housing for People with Criminal Records

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law is sponsoring a free webinar on October 26 about HUD’s fair housing guidance regarding the use of criminal records. Three HUD officials will answer questions about the guidance issued on April 11 stating that admission denials, evictions, and other adverse housing decisions based on a person’s criminal record may constitute racial discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (see Memo 4/11).

Since its release, advocates, housing providers, and others affected by the guidance have wondered what types of housing actions the guidance applies to and how stakeholders can assess whether a criminal record policy is discriminatory. The webinar will address these and other questions and will offer an overview of the guidance, an interview with a HUD official, and a live Q&A session. This webinar supplements the Shriver Center’s April 2016 webinar, which focused primarily on federally subsidized housing providers.

Presenters will be:

  • Tonya Robinson, acting general counsel, Office of General Counsel, HUD
  • Michelle Aronowitz, deputy general counsel for enforcement and fair housing, HUD
  • Casey Weissman-Vermeulen, trial attorney, Fair Housing Enforcement Division, Office of General Counsel, HUD
  • Marie Claire Tran-Leung, staff attorney for housing justice, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, October 26, ​2:00-3:00 pm ET.

Register for the free webinar at http://bit.ly/2dPPGrK