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Pima County to discuss former inmate housing

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Written by Courtney Rice

Former inmates are having a troubling time finding affordable housing in Tucson after spending time behind bars.

On Friday, April 21 the Pima County Housing Center will host a gathering to discuss the difficulties, and also opportunities, for former criminals with finding housing in their budget within the local area.

Some of the speakers at the event will include Manny Mejias from the Fortaleza Re-Entry Collaborative, who will discuss the Pima Prevention Partnership’s help with the re-entry experience, and Joanna Medrano from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, who will talk about former inmate and landlord points of view.

Pima County Housing Center Director, Marcos Ysmael, said this event is in hopes to help connect the Pima County housing network, and not let the inmate’s futures be effected by their past actions.

“Yet all too often individuals who have paid they debt to society encounter significant barriers in finding housing, even with public or federally-subsidized spaces,” said Ysmael.

This event is sponsored by Pima County Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation, City of Tucson Housing and Community Development, and more.

Ysmael said, “We also want everyone to understand how the avoid violations of the Fair Housing Act.”

The Fair Housing Act essentially does not let a buyer or renter to be discriminated in any way from the landlord or seller of the property.

This event will begin at 9 a.m. and is already full to capacity. Check out the Southwest Fair Housing Council’s Facebook page for a live stream of the event.

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