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This folder contains sample materials for appealing denials of public housing and Section 8 applications based on criminal records, and for handling termination-of-tenancy. This section includes information about "Admissions" - or the rules guiding when your criminal conviction might prevent you from living in public housing, even if your family lives there, and about "Termination of Tenancy" - or eviction based on criminal justice involvement. Most of the information here is specific to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and to Section 8 administered by NYCHA. To find out about the laws specific to your city or county use LawHelp/NY ( to find a housing legal services provider in your area.

» For extensive information and links to general information on subsidized housing, including public housing and Section 8, throughout New York State, visit the Empire Justice Center Housing Information Gateway.

» For an extensive library of materials for housing advocates generally, including the entire NYCHA Management Manual, please visit the Pro Bono Net New York City Housing practice area.

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  • How to Get Public Housing & Section 8 - Even With a Criminal Record (Legal Action Center)

  • An Affordable Home on Re-entry: Federally Assisted Housing and Previously Incarcerated Individuals (NHLP) (2008)

  • HUD Secretary Letter to PHAs re: Setting Admission and Termination Policies (2011)

  • Coming Homes and No Place to Live: Understanding perceptions among public housing residents about the reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals to these locations (HCAP) (2011)

  • How to Keep Sealed Criminal Records Out of Court (The Bronx Defenders)

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