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Background Screening

Background Screening

SHA will screen all applicants for criminal history to help ensure that new tenants will not threaten the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of the community by others. However, no applicant will be automatically barred from receiving housing because of his or her criminal background, except as is mandated by federal law. Per federal law, SHA must deny housing to any applicant who:

  • Is subject to a lifetime registration requirement for sexual offense in any state
  • Has been convicted of manufacture or production of methamphetamine on the premises of federally assisted housing

In all other cases, SHA may consider mitigating circumstances such as:

  • The seriousness of the crime
  • The extent to which the applicant has accepted responsibility for his/her actions
  • Completion of or on-going involvement in rehabilitative programming
  • Involvement in volunteer work, employment, educational activity, training programs, support groups, civic groups or other related activities
  • Changed circumstances since the conviction
  • Successful participation in drug court, mental health court or other rehabilitative court

Past success in housing or meeting similar types of obligations