Kamala Harris Teams Up with AOC to Improve Housing Access to the Formerly Incarcerated

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Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris speaks during the National Action Network Convention on April 5, 2019, (Shutterstock).

Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) joined forces to introduce legislation that aims to protect formerly incarcerated people seeking federal housing assistance.

“Too many people become involved in our criminal justice system and serve their time only to return home to face additional barriers to employment, education, and housing,” Harris said in a statement. “By requiring a higher standard of evidence and a more holistic review process, we are taking a significant step toward giving Americans a fair chance to succeed.”

The Fair Chance at Housing Act of 2019 would reform eviction and screening policies that target formerly incarcerated people.

These extremely strict policies were put in place by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the 1990s as part of the War on Drugs.

The legislation would roll…

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