Texas Criminal Background Screening Guide for Rental Housing Providers (April 2018)
This Guide focuses on compliance with the federal Fair Housing Act and recent U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department guidance on the use of criminal records. The Roundtable designed this document to provide instruction to landlords and property managers on how best to comply with fair housing law and guidelines when implementing criminal background screenings for housing applicants.
Austin Housing Applicant Criminal Background Screening Template (April 2018)
This Template is designed for landlords and property managers to complete and make available to potential rental applicants. The Roundtable designed this document to provide instruction to landlords and property managers on how best to comply with fair housing law and guidelines when implementing criminal background screenings for housing applicants.
2018-2022 Reentry Roundtable Strategic Plan (October 2017)
We are thrilled to share the Roundtable's new strategic plan, adopted by the Planning Council in September after 4 months of hard work. The new strategic plan offers an updated mission and vision for the Roundtable, as well as clarity about the group's focus on engaging diverse stakeholders impacted by reentry; convening dialogue and critical conversations; advocating to support institutional and public policy change, and partnering to broaden our impact.
Locked Out: Criminal History Barriers to Affordable Rental Housing in Austin & Travis County, Texas (2016)
In 2015, the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable undertook the task of assessing the criminal background screening policies of local publicly subsidized housing. This report is the result of that research and it provides an overview of the Roundtable’s findings and recommendations to inform policymakers, housing industry professionals, and other community leaders in better protecting the fair housing rights and overcoming barriers to housing for persons with criminal backgrounds in Austin and Travis County.The report reviews legal precedent and regulatory actions relating to fair housing for persons with criminal backgrounds, summarizes criminal background policies from area affordable housing properties, highlights promising practices, and recommends an approach and specific actions to move the local conversation forward.
Since February 2009, Travis County has participated in an ongoing justice reinvestment project, initially collaborating with the Urban Institute. The Urban Institute merged their justice reinvestment efforts with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) to better reflect the initiative’s national scope. In FY12, Justice Planning (JP) submitted an application for JRI grant funding to pay for permanent supportive housing and ancillary support services for two years for 22 chronically homeless mentally ill, frequent users of the Travis County jail.
In 2014, JP continued work on the Justice Reinvestment Initiative housing and case management pilot program. The JRI pilot provides permanent supportive housing, intensive case management, and ancillary support services, such as medication management and substance abuse treatment, to twenty-two chronically homeless frequent users of the Travis County Jail.
Click here to read the Roundtable's report on the key recommendations from the final report on the Justice Reinvestment Initiative Supportive Housing Pilot evaluation in Travis County.
A/TCRRT Reentry Report Card (September 2014)