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Guidance for Public Housing Agencies and Owners of Federally Assisted Housing on Excluding the Use of Arrest Records in Housing Decisions

This is an updated public housing arrests guide from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Written for public housing agencies (PHAs), it states that arrest records may not be the basis for denying admission, terminating assistance, or evicting tenants, and reiterates that HUD does not require PHAs and owners to adopt “one strike” policies. It also includes best practices and models of success from PHAs across the nation.


The guide also serves as a reminder to PHAs and owners of their obligation to ensure that any admission and occupancy requirements they impose comply with applicable civil rights requirements under the Fair Housing Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act, the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, and others.