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housingHousing is one of the most critical components to reentry! If formerly incarcerated individuals have a secure space to call home, the likelihood that they will re-offend diminishes exponentially.

We encourage property managers to ask formerly incarcerated applicants to share more information through their Personal Web Page to more fully reveal their character than may be available on a standard rental application.







Section 8 Frequently Asked Questions: 

What is Section 8 Housing?

The actual name of the program commonly known as “Section 8″ is the Housing Choice Voucher Program, a federally funded program that subsidizes rent for eligible participants. It is designed to assist very low-income families or individuals. A housing subsidy is paid directly to the landlord on behalf of a participating family/individual.

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How do I apply for Section 8 housing?

Contact your local Public Housing Authority.

Click here or on the map to find contact information by State.                          

For further assistance, contact the Housing and Urban Development office nearest you.


Section 8 Made SimpleDoes my criminal record ban me from public housing? 

There are only 2 convictions for which a PHA must prohibit admission:

  • if any member of the household is subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a State sex offender registration program; and,
  • if any household member has ever been convicted of drug-related criminal activity for manufacturing or production of methamphetamine on the premises of federally assisted housing.

Public Housing Authorities (PHA) have great discretion in determining their admission and occupancy policies for ex-offenders. While the Public Housing Authority can choose to ban ex-offenders from participating in public housing and Section 8 programs, is in not HUD policy to do so.


Search in our Resource Directory

Search in our Resource Directory for the following categories:

  • Energy Assistance
  • Homeless Assistance
  • Homeless Shelter
  • Low Income Housing
  • Salvation Army
  • Shelters for Specific Groups
  • Transitional Housing


Other useful Fair Shake pages

Property Managers page

Useful tools and information for property managers.

Need A Map? page

Useful for finding any location. Enter your current location and the location you are trying to find the map will give detailed directions to your destination.


Low Rent Apartments:

Private and nonprofit landlords operate a host of other subsidized rental housing programs. HUD maintains a searchable list of low rent apartments and houses. Click on the picture to search for other housing in your area.


About the Fair Shake Personal Web Page

  1. Members differentiate themselves from other applicants!

  2. Members share information easily. No need to carry documents; they are stored in their account.
  3. Shows dedication to reentry success and provides a place to demonstrate interest in taking a proactive approach by sharing skills, character traits, and intentions.
  4. Employers and property managers can get to know members comfortably, reducing likelihood of auto-dismissal based on felony history.
  5. Fair Shake Member Card provides member information, url and password to the member’s page.
  6. Member Web Page password is changeable! Access only given to current password holders.
  7. Fair Shake can verify references, even for volunteer work.

Check out our example Personal Web Page | Personal Web Page Flyer | Fair Shake Brochure

Also available to Fair Shake members is a free email account, data storage and tutorials to learn to use electronic tools.