Housing is one of the most immediate and important parts of a strong reentry. In the HOUSING CHAPTER, you will learn more about your housing options and legal rights; what kind of housing you can and cannot get into because of your criminal record; and things you can do if your legal rights are violated.
DISCLAIMER – YOUR RESPONSIBILITY WHEN USING THIS GUIDE: When putting together the Roadmap to Reentry: A California Legal Guide, we did our best to give you useful and accurate information because we know that people who are currently or formerly incarcerated often have difficulty getting legal information, and we cannot provide specific advice to every person who requests it. The laws change frequently and are subject to differing interpretations. We do not always have the resources to make changes to this material every time the law changes. If you use information from the Roadmap to Reentry legal guide, it is your responsibility to make sure whether the law has changed and applies to your situation. If you are incarcerated, most of the materials you need should be available in your institution’s law library. The Roadmap to Reentry guide is not intending to give legal advice, but rather legal information. No attorney-client relationship is created by using any information in this guide. You should always consult your own attorney if you need legal advice specific to your situation.
WHAT WILL I LEARN in the housing chapter?
- Your housing options in reentry—both in the short-term and long-termThe different between private and government-assisted housing, and how this affects your rightsWhat kind of housing you can and cannot get because of your criminal recordHow to put your best foot forward in applying for housingOptions for what you can do if you believe you were illegally denied housing
This Chapter explains common housing issues and questions for people with criminal records and the friends and family who live with them. This section will give you information about:
- Your housing options in reentry;
- What kind of housing you can and cannot live in based on your criminal record;
- How to put your best foot forward in applying for housing; and
- What you can do if you believe you were illegally denied housing.