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Find Philadelphia-based supports and resources for landlords and property managers who currently rent to or are interested in renting to people with a conviction history who are rebuilding their lives.

Connect to Supportive Programs


  • Case Manager Contact for Landlords

  • Education on Reentry

  • Landlord-Tenant Mediation

  • Move in Assistance

  • Regular Check-ins with Tenants and Landlords

  • Wraparound Supports for Tenants

To learn more, contact Troy Hockaday or Kristian Johnson at 215-825-8800.
Friends Rehabilitation Program (FRP)
Housing Assistance Program

(Last revised March 2023)

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How to Follow Fair Housing Guidance & Avoid Violations in Your Resident Screening Criteria

There is NO legal requirement for a private housing provider to conduct a screening for criminal record. If you choose to do so, the following standards and examples adhere to HUD guidance, Fair Housing Law, and local ordinances.


Establish a written or electronic, uniform resident selection criteria to prevent discrimination. Share with applicants before they apply.


Do not consider arrest records, as this violates Fair Housing policy.


Include only offenses related to fulfilling tenant obligations. Set reasonable lookback periods of 3 years or less.


Allow applicants to share their story and positive changes since the offense, prior to any denial.

Examples of Resident Screening Criteria:
(Last revised January 2023)
This two page flyer lists easy steps for landlords to take into consideration when developing their screening practices to protect themselves from inadvertently violating Fair Housing practices.
Tips for Landlords:
How to Follow Fair Housing Law Regarding Criminal Background Checks 
(Last revised April 2021)
Fair Chance Housing Infographic
(Last revised January 2022)
This infograph highlights the benefits of passing policies that ensure everyone has access to housing. It defines fair chance housing policy and how it works. It also links to current fair chance legislation being considered at the Pennsylvania Senate and how you can learn more. 
11 Myths of Renting to Someone with a Criminal Record 
(Last revised April 2021)
This resource dispels common myths that landlords or others may have against renting to people with a record, citing the most recent research, HUD guidelines, and best practice screening policies.

Additional Informational Resources
(Last Revised August 2022)

The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only. Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other information. This website contains links to other third-party websites.  Such links are only for the convenience of the reader, user or browser. Readers of this website should contact their attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal matter.

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