The Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) is currently in the process of revising its policy on criminal background checks for housing and job applicants. HANO has some lofty goals in mind here, reports Richard Webster:
"Their criminal history is likely a bar to admission to most affordable housing opportunities, making post-incarceration reunification of families a near impossible dream," HANO says in the preamble to its proposed policy statement. "(HANO) recognizes that, whether explicit or implicit, its practices have served to perpetuate the problem... and accepts that it has a responsibility to give men and women with criminal histories the opportunity to rejoin their families and communities as productive members."
But, Webster writes, the new policy — which bans anyone with a "criminal history" that includes domestic or child abuse — will actually be significantly more restrictive than the current policy. Read the story.
Read HANO's draft policy: DRAFT_HANO_Criminal_Background_Policy_Statement_1.8.13.pdf
HANO is holding a public meeting on the new draft policy tonight at 6 p.m. at Helen W. Lang Memorial Board Room located at 4100 Touro Street (Building B).