Secretary Donovan and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Housing and FHA Commissioner Carol Galante released a memo asking O/As of multifamily housing to “seek a balance between allowing ex-offenders to reunite with families that live in HUD subsidized housing and ensuring the safety of all residents of its programs.”
The Department has issued the memo in an effort to encourage O/As to develop policies and procedures to allow ex-criminal offenders back into affordable housing communities, within the limits of current statutory and regulatory requirements.
The memo states “When screening family behavior and suitability for tenancy, owners may consider all relevant information, including factors that indicate a reasonable probability of favorable future conduct… Discretion is, however, afforded to each owner.”
The memo reminds owners of the laws and regulations that ban sex offenders from affordable housing, require O/As to establish standards that prohibit tenant admission for current illegal drug use or patterns of substance abuse that could threaten other residents, and prohibit admission of tenants that have been evicted from affordable housing for drug related criminal activities for three years after the date of eviction.
A copy of the memo may be found here: http://www.nahma.org/member/New%20HUD%20Docs/HUD%20Memo%20031412%20Re%20entry%20of%20ExOffenders.pdf