allow people with felonies to qualify for hud to help reduce homelessness and more crime
Please see comments for HUD’s general policy on this. This idea was rejected because it does not provide enough specific information for us to evaluate it. If you have an idea concerning a specific program, please post that as a new idea.
For those of you interested in this topic, there is a paper that was recently released by the Urban Institute called, "Housing as a Platform for formerly Incarcerated Persons", that you might want to check out. Here's the link: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412552-Housing-as-a-Platform-for-Formerly-Incarcerated-Persons.pdf.
Re HUD's policy, I found this quote in the paper, "Though recent language from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development strongly encourages local public housing authorities to make the federally subsidized housing developments they operate more accessible to the formerly incarcerated, many—particularly drug offenders—have long been denied public housing access." (pg. 6).
So this is not a policy issue at the HUD level, instead it is local housing authorities that are making these restrictions. Like Laura mentioned in her comments, those restrictions still usually apply to only a subset of offenders and not all felons.
GREAT. I think that people who had a felony, Should get another chance. Sometimes that's all the person is wanting, Just another Chance.. I have personally seen felons change over someone giving them a simple chance..
Alfonso, would you like to expand on that point? Why do you feel this is a bad idea?
Alfonso R. Galvan commented
bad, bad, bad, bad, and bad idea
What type of services are you referring to? Public housing and Housing Choice Vouchers only ban lifetime *** offenders and those who make meth on federal property (i.e., public housing). Local housing authorities do have the ability to create additional restrictions to target their limited resources to those who are the most needy.
To use a North Carolina expression, this frog won't jump