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Old 11-11-2019, 11:20 AM
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I've started to look into housing for when he is released. I contacted a group that helps prisoners that are still locked up or released.

They got back to me today and I am so frustrated.

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Unless you know the landlord or he knows a landlord, probably not going to happen without a cosigner.* Also, most landlords will not rent to someone coming directly out of prison.* Unless your friend is maxing out his sentence, he will probably be placed in a TLP paid for by the DOC.* They usually give them 30-60 days to find a place to stay and find employment.* The Republicans passed that bill that said landlords don't have to rent to people with a record, and many here won't.* Many people do a lot of apartment searching for something that is not likely going to happen.

I'm so sad and frustrated right now.
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I looked up apartments that rent to felons and found a list for my area. Each apartment complex stated what crimes they will accept and which ones they don't. And since T's crime is a violent felony, it's harder cuz if the crime itself

I would try looking that up for your area.
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The fastest way....the easiest way.....google sex offender registry with the zip code you want to go to. It'll pull up every one with the address where they live. Google the address and find out which ones are apartments. I'm not an S.O., but I know if they can go there then, I can go there. That's the easiest way for one of us with a felony record to find a place to live. Sex Offender registry+ Zip code. Try it.
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I've started to look into housing for when he is released. I contacted a group that helps prisoners that are still locked up or released.

They got back to me today and I am so frustrated.

This is part of the email:

Unless you know the landlord or he knows a landlord, probably not going to happen without a cosigner.* Also, most landlords will not rent to someone coming directly out of prison.* Unless your friend is maxing out his sentence, he will probably be placed in a TLP paid for by the DOC.* They usually give them 30-60 days to find a place to stay and find employment.* The Republicans passed that bill that said landlords don't have to rent to people with a record, and many here won't.* Many people do a lot of apartment searching for something that is not likely going to happen.

I'm so sad and frustrated right now.
That is not an accurate statement about the “republicans passing a bill”. I’m gonna find the factual info on that and will post shortly. There is actually a proposed bill still pending to give landlords a tax credit for renting to felons. I would look at smaller apartments, no big mgmt companies really. However! My husband was released to an apartment we set up for him he was on the lease, they ran background and accepted him becuz he was non violent. I was up front with them and they were fine with it....
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Were he web pages you visited commercial/real estate companies? If so, there are probably more landlords who will rent to felons than there are paying to be listed there. The SO registry has assisted lots of former prisoners in finding acceptable housing, so be sure to keep trying.
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That is not an accurate statement about the “republicans passing a bill”. I’m gonna find the factual info on that and will post shortly. There is actually a proposed bill still pending to give landlords a tax credit for renting to felons. I would look at smaller apartments, no big mgmt companies really. However! My husband was released to an apartment we set up for him he was on the lease, they ran background and accepted him becuz he was non violent. I was up front with them and they were fine with it....
It was a bill in our state specifically.
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We found our apartment by driving around the area. Its a small town / rural area and many individual landlords just put a For Rent sign with a phone number to call in the yard. In filling out the application, when we got to the Criminal History part he said, "no need to fill all that out, I've got enough." Individual owners are much more likely to rent to felons than large complexes, though I'm sure there are exceptions.

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We found our apartment by driving around the area. Its a small town / rural area and many individual landlords just put a For Rent sign with a phone number to call in the yard. In filling out the application, when we got to the Criminal History part he said, "no need to fill all that out, I've got enough." Individual owners are much more likely to rent to felons than large complexes, though I'm sure there are exceptions.

That's probably what we will end up doing. I live in a small town, he wants to live in the big city. It is like night and day difference between the two.
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I was 22 when I learned the hard and shocking way that felons are not welcomed in every community. I'm tearing up typing this, it was so painful to my tender young heart when I was turned away from all the nice places I had applied to. I was NOT going to live in the ghetto again, I got a co-signer and stayed in my adorable apartment for 7 years. If those who create the system with loop wholes use them, bet their asses I'm going to use them too!!

Hopefully your loved one can find a nice place in a good area with a co-signer.
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