Affordable Housing Online is monitoring the federal government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. As of March 13, 2020, Public Housing Agencies across the nation are closing their doors to the public. Most offices are still running and will communicate by phone, email, or mail. Some offices have drop boxes installed outside, so documents can still be hand-delivered. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response. To find your local PHA's contact info, browse by state here.

An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.

How Can I Get Housing With a Criminal Record?

Having a criminal record makes it challenging to find affordable housing, but someone with a criminal record may still qualify for many federal low-income housing programs. This guide will cover:

  • How housing providers use criminal records in reviewing applications.
  • What federal housing programs have restrictions based on criminal records.
  • Suggestions for limiting the impact of your record when applying for housing.
  • What to do if you're denied housing assistance based on your criminal records history.

Start the guide at Part 1: Understanding the Issue. or choose a topic from the list below.

Housing for Persons with Criminal Records Guide