Affordable housing for people with criminal records: A matter of the worth and dignity of every person

Finding and maintaining safe, secure, and affordable housing is one of the most significant challenges for individuals who have criminal records. Without stable housing, individuals are more likely to return into the criminal justice system.

HB3332 creates a tax incentive for landlords to rent to individuals returning from incarceration. Landlords will receive a tax credit equal to 15% of the annual rent paid by a qualified renter who has a criminal record — and for every year that rental is continued.

Stable housing promotes steady employment and fosters mental and physical health. Secure housing is a crucial component of human wellbeing. Ask your legislator to support HB3332.

Check HERE to find out if your legislator is supporting this bill (Don't know who your state representative is? Click HERE to find out)

If they are, click HERE to send a letter of "Thank you for supporting HB3332"

If they are not, Click HERE to ask them to support HB3332.

FURTHER ACTION to show your support

HB3332 comes up for consideration in committee this Thursday, March 21. CLICK HERE to submit a witness slip showing your support for the bill.

Here are instructions for submitting a witness slip:

Under Section I, fill in your identification information (under business you can write “UUANI” or “self” )

Under Section II, write "self."

In Section III, select "Proponent"

In Section IV, select "Record of Appearance Only"

Agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement (on the bottom left).

Select the "Create Slip" button (on the bottom right). You are done!

Partnering with UU Prison Ministry of Illinois and Community Renewal Society