April is fair housing month.

New HUD Regulations: A Step Towards Fair Housing for All

At The Waterfront Project, Inc., we believe that housing is a fundamental human right, and the backbone of stability and opportunity in our lives. That’s why we are encouraged by the recent proposal from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to amend regulations that have long prevented many individuals with conviction histories from accessing HUD-subsidized housing.

For too long, public housing authorities and other housing providers have had the discretion to deny housing to people based on their past convictions—often with a disproportionate impact on communities of color. This practice not only undermines the principles of fairness and justice but also perpetuates the cycle of poverty and marginalization.

Understanding the Proposed Changes

The proposed HUD regulations aim to ensure that a conviction history is not an automatic disqualifier for subsidized housing. Instead of a blanket exclusion, the new rules would require an individualized review process. This process will consider the nature and severity of an individual’s conviction and evaluate their current circumstances and contributions to society.

This change is pivotal. It aligns with our work at The Waterfront Project, Inc., where we advocate for policies that support not just access to housing, but also the stability that allows our clients to thrive. By removing automatic barriers to housing, HUD is taking an essential step towards inclusivity and fairness in housing policies.

The Impact on Communities

Implementing these proposed regulations will have a significant positive impact on communities, especially those that have been historically underserved and overpoliced. Housing stability is crucial for successful reintegration and can dramatically reduce the likelihood of recidivism. Moreover, it affords everyone the opportunity to contribute positively to their communities.

At The Waterfront Project, Inc., our Housing Counselors and staff attorneys witness daily the struggles faced by those with conviction histories. The fear and uncertainty of being denied housing based on past mistakes can be overwhelming. The new HUD proposal offers hope and a clear path forward for many of our clients.

Our Role and Your Voice

As advocates for justice and champions of the Housing First model, we at The Waterfront Project, Inc. stand ready to support the implementation of these new regulations. We will continue to offer legal representation, housing counseling, and advocacy to ensure that all individuals—regardless of their past—have access to safe, stable, and affordable housing.

We also urge you to lend your voice to this critical issue. Public comments are a vital part of the regulatory process, and your support can help bring these changes to fruition. Together, we can work towards a future where everyone has access to the housing, they need to lead a dignified and fulfilling life.

The public can provide feedback to HUD and respond to several questions concerning the regulations. Feedback can be provided at regulations.gov, docket (HUD-2024-0031), until June 10, 2024.


The proposed HUD regulations mark a significant step forward in our ongoing fight for housing equity. At The Waterfront Project, Inc., we applaud HUD’s initiative to transform public policy in a way that upholds the dignity and rights of all individuals. We remain committed to our mission of preventing homelessness and ensuring fair and just housing policies for everyone.

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By embracing these changes and advocating for equitable housing practices, we not only support our communities but also reinforce the foundational values that drive our work at The Waterfront Project, Inc. Every step we take towards housing equity is a step towards a more just and inclusive society.