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Jackson, Mich., Mayor Derek Dobies has introduced an ordinance that would give people who have served their time a fair chance at safe housing. Dobies said part of the city’s approach to alleviating poverty means ensuring housing stability and reducing discrimination. Specifically, the ordinance would prohibit landlords from asking potential tenants about their conviction history during the initial screening process and postpone background checks until a conditional lease is offered. In addition, it would also prevent landlords from denying applicants housing solely based on their criminal history and allow potential tenants to offer evidence of rehabilitation.

 

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