This toolkit uplifts the 2021 New Jersey Fair Chance in Housing legislation to provide insight to advocates in other jurisdictions working to expand access to housing for people with prior justice system involvement.
New Jersey is the first state to pass statewide Fair Chance in Housing legislation, also known as “ban the box” in housing, that limits the ability of landlords to consider criminal legal background checks at the beginning of the rental application process. This campaign centered on racial justice and passed with bipartisan support during the summer of 2021. This toolkit includes the following insights from New Jersey leaders of the Fair Chance in Housing campaign:
- Establishing the Campaign
- Building the Coalition
- Navigating Challenges
- Examples Other Jurisdictions Can Reference
- Understanding What’s in the Bill
- Key Lessons Learned