Jordan Poverty Q3

Published by Paola Avendano on

Late last year, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles pioneered a pilot program that allows some people with a past conviction to live in public housing or in private housing as part of the Section 8 program. It’s a model that can and should be replicated in cities across the state. One of the consequences of banning people with past convictions from public housing is that in many cases it prevents families from living together. For people returning to the community after a period of incarceration, being able to reunite with their families is key to regaining stability and economic security, and to reducing the likelihood a person comes into contact with the justice system. And science and data have shown us there is a clear nexus between family reunification and economic success. Indeed, a united family increases the potential upward mobility of each of its members.