Yesterday, the New York City Council passed the Fair Chance for Housing bill ensuring people with past criminal records will have a fair shot at finding a home and rebuilding their lives.
Archana Jayaram, Osborne’s President, and CEO, shared this statement in response to the passage:
“We applaud the New York City Council for passing Intro 632A, the Fair Chance for Housing bill,” said Archana Jayaram, President and CEO of Osborne Association. “For the thousands of New York City residents who continue to return home from incarceration each year, the practice of sanctioned discrimination when they apply for housing will now end. They finally have a chance for fair and equitable access to housing and the stability that comes with it. We are grateful to Speaker Adams, Council Member Powers, the many bill co-sponsors, and all those who have worked tirelessly to pass the bill for the past 3 years. Housing is a human right and on this day those words mean so much to so many. We now urge the Mayor to sign the bill into law.”