Date: Wednesday, October 26th, 2022 Time: 1pm to 2:20pm ET
Historically, individuals with prior justice system involvement have faced extreme discrimination in the housing rental market. This prevents individuals from establishing a safe place to call home, where they can focus on reintegrating into their communities and leading healthy lives. Without stable, permanent housing, individuals often cycle back into the justice system.
In 2021, New Jersey passed the first statewide Fair Chance Housing Act in the country. This law protects individuals with prior justice system involvement from discrimination in the rental market. By giving individuals an equal chance in the rental market, New Jersey is advancing equity and dignity for individuals impacted by the justice system.
If your jurisdiction is contemplating similar legislation, learn from the New Jersey experience. Our panelists will discuss New Jersey’s new law, their advocacy campaign to get it passed, and current progress on implementation.
Hear from our speakers:
Senator Troy Singleton, Majority Whip and Community and Urban Affairs Committee Chair, New Jersey Legislature
James Williams, Director of Racial Justice Policy, Fair Share Housing Center
Richard Yaskin, Legal Specialist, NJ Division on Civil Rights