Task force to seek ways to reduce barriers to housing for those with criminal records

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is asking a new task force to help the city decide how to reduce barriers to housing for people with criminal records.

News Story (Washington)

Daniel Beekman
Seattle Times
January 19, 2016

Tags: Criminal Justice, Criminal Records

Organizations mentioned/involved: Columbia Legal Services (Washington State)


The members will include representatives from a number of advocacy organizations and from groups representing both tenants and landlords — the Tenants Union of Washington State and the Rental Housing Association of Washington.

“Creating an affordable Seattle means we must have equitable access to housing for everyone,” Murray said in a statement.


Last month, a coalition led by Columbia Legal Services and the Tenants Union launched a campaign for Seattle legislation banning landlords from automatically rejecting all would-be tenants with criminal records.