Convicted Felon Uses The Law To Push For Change

The letter states that their denial is a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act, which forbids discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin and sex — even though the law does not specifically forbid blanket bans on renting to felons.

Difficulties of finding housing after prison in the U.S.

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Back to Back Legal Victories for The Law Offices of Jibrael S. Hindi and Florida Fair Housing Alliance

The Law Offices of Jibrael S. Hindi established another important milestone for low-income tenants with a ruling from the Broward County Circuit Court in favor of their client, the Florida Fair Housing Alliance. In this case of first impression, Broward County Circuit Court Judge Carlos A. Rodriguez denied defendant’s, Waterview at Coconut Creek Apartments, Motion to Dismiss and found that testing organizations like the Florida Fair Housing Alliance do in fact have standing to sue in state court under the Broward County Ordinance that prohibits landlords from denying people seeking to rent housing based on “source of income” such as Section 8 Housing Vouchers. The ruling was made on November 4, 2021 in the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit In and for Broward County, Florida (Case No: CACE21009252-Division 14).


Criminal background checks are frequently used as selection criteria to determine if an applicant qualifies to rent a home. This, even though the Fair Housing Act prohibits denying a property based on arrest records. "It was difficult. It made me feel discriminated against. I had the deposit, the money to move and they did not accept me," says an affected prisoner. This story is part of the 'Second Chances' project.

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