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Summary of the Fair Chance at Housing Act of 2019

David Weber, Policy Analyst

On Wednesday, July 10, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced the Fair Chance at Housing Act of 2019. A draft of the bill was initially circulated after the May 21 House Financial Services Committee hearing on Oversight of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Staff from PHADA met with Committee staff about the bill on June 19.

The bill as introduced makes several changes to Subtitle F of the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 relating to eligibility screening and evictions resulting from applicant or tenant criminal activity. The new rules would apply to Public Housing Authorities (HAs) and owners and operators of federally assisted housing. In most cases, the rules would not apply to private owners accepting tenant-based Housing Choice Vouchers.

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