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The New Orleans Advocate
HANO unveils proposed rules on admitting tenants with criminal records
March 6, 2016
by Jessica Williams
Nearly three years after announcing its intention to drop barriers keeping residents with criminal records out of public housing, the Housing Authority of New Orleans has unveiled specific rules that will ease the way for less serious offenders.
New policy language adopted in 2013 prohibited officials from excluding applicants based solely on criminal background checks, except when federal law demands it.
The draft guidelines the agency announced last month, however, for the first time outline just how HANO and its partners will vet applicants with checkered pasts. Agency officials hope to present the rules to the HANO board of commissioners for consideration this month.