EJC Worker Advocate, Perry Redd, Testifies Before D.C. Council on Housing for Returning Citizens
In mid-July, the EJC voiced support of a bill to make it more difficult for housing providers in the District to discriminate against it’s citizens returning from incarceration after serving time in jail and/or prison. The bill introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Kenyan McDuffie entitled the Fair Criminal Record Screening for Housing Act of 2016, met very little opposition The bill is co-sponsored by At-large Councilmember Anita Bonds, and prohibits landlords from asking about an applicant’s prior convictions until after they’ve extended a conditional offer.
Much like the 2014 DC Council bill to “ban the box,” or the question on job applications that inquires about criminal history, Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie wants to do the same for most housing applications.
EJC’s Worker Advocate, Perry Redd, testified before D.C. Council Judiciary Committee about the need to treat “housing as a human right,” and exposing the loopholes in the proposed legislation that would still allow for “legalized discrimination” of previously convicted persons You can watch his testimony: