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Detroit Free Press: The Question You Shouldn’t See on Most Detroit Rental Applications Anymore

November 1, 2019

Detroit Free Press

By Angie Jackson

Jessica Hinojosa thinks she could prove that she’d be a trustworthy tenant if a landlord would consider how she’s changed since prison. But her rental applications never get that far. She and her fiancé say they’ve submitted at least 10 applications for apartments in Detroit. All have gone ignored or ended with denials because of their criminal records.  “Get to know us first,” said Hinojosa, who lives with her fiancé and children in her father’s home in southwest Detroit, where she has turned a library into her bedroom. “Help me out. Let me help you, show you who I am and how productive I could be.”

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