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This year, we’ve reformed the Index to focus on unhoused youth and young adults (YYA), aligning it with their experiences and policy needs. Shifting from harm reduction to transformative change, some jurisdictions may see lower scores than before. This is a deliberate strategy, not a setback. Lower scores should motivate, not discourage, jurisdictions. They present an opportunity to adopt policies that effectively tackle and prevent youth homelessness, fostering meaningful progress.
Housing Protections for People with Criminal Records
- Right to housing
The jurisdiction has housing protections for people with criminal records
Having a criminal record can make finding housing very difficult, as many landlords conduct background checks on potential tenants. As a result, individuals with criminal records may struggle to find safe and affordable housing. A criminal record should not be the cause of someone’s homelessness, especially considering the ways in which this barrier disproportionately affects certain populations due to systemic racism. Some cities and states have passed “fair chance” laws that prohibit landlords from discriminating against individuals with criminal records, and other jurisdictions should follow suit.
|Type of Policy
|The jurisdiction prohibits discrimination based on criminal records
|The jurisdiction limits landlord’s ability to consider criminal records
|No laws found
Cite: National Homelessness Law Center and True Colors United. "State Index on Youth Homelessness, Housing Protections for People with Criminal Records" https://youthstateindex.com/maps/housing-protections-for-people-with-criminal-records/. Accessed: February 24, 2024.
- Housing Protections for People with Eviction Records
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Right to Housing
The Index is centered around the fundamental human right to housing. A right to housing is the guarantee that every youth and young adult can access and maintain safe and habitable housing. The elements of a right to housing are:
- Security of tenure;
- Availability of services;
- Cultural adequacy.
“There should always be somewhere for everybody to go. We all should be able to have the housing we need. It shouldn’t be something that you HOPE to get, it should be a given. Build more shelters, build more housing.” – K. Livingston