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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