Finding Housing.

Finding housing with a criminal history can be challenging, but is an essential component of getting re-integrated after incarceration. Beyond the just finding a place, it is important to identify places near employers and/or public transportation.


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Tips When Looking for Housing & Apartments.

  • #1

    Make a good first impression. Nice attire and a firm handshake can go a long way. Asking questions that show you care about and would likely take care of the property also can help how you may be perceived as a tenant. Take note of any details they provide.

  • #2

    Be honest about prior issues, if asked. Once you’re asked about anything that comes up on a background check, honesty is the best policy. Some landlords may be inclined to give you a shot; other may not. Like many things, finding the right housing is a numbers game.

  • #3

    Remain calm. If you meet with a landlord and they refuse to rent to you, be kind and courteous regardless of outcome. You never know what the future holds, you may very well get a call later down the road if they can’t find anyone else to rent the unit.

Housing Choice Voucher Program.
 (“Section 8”)

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

Qualifying participants are free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects. If awarded, your vouchers will be paid to your landlord directly by your local Housing Authority on your behalf. You’d then pay the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program to your landlord.

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Partnering with Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit Christian organization that partners with future and current homeowners to build simple, decent, and affordable housing for low to very low-income families. Through Habitat for Humanity, volunteers and future homeowners work together in the building process. As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.

Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:

Applicant’s level of need.
Willingness to partner with Habitat.
Ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.

Habitat’s homeowner selection is managed at the local level, through our hundreds of local Habitat for Humanity locations all over the U.S. and around the world. For more information and to learn how you can participate or apply, please contact your local Habitat, or call 1-800-HABITAT (1-800-422-4828).

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FHA Loan Eligibility.

What is an FHA Loan?

An FHA loan is a mortgage designed for low-to-moderate income borrowers who are unable to make a large down payment. They are issued by federally qualified lenders and insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Check below to see if you qualify.

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