Building a Fair and Just Tenant Screening System: Join us on January 30!
When an apartment becomes available, who gets to move in, and who doesn’t? Current tenant screening practices disproportionately exclude BIPOC applicants from housing opportunities and often fail to support the stated objectives of landlords. While there is a rational business case to be made for the practice of tenant screening, there is limited policy, regulation, and guidance on how to screen potential tenants. Instead, landlords generally rely on readily available screening tools to make housing determinations. Additionally, commonly used and widely available screening criteria such as credit scores and criminal records are not necessarily correlated with an applicant’s future success as a tenant and frequently fail to predict successful tenancies. Persistent structural disparities in each level of this system disproportionately impact the rental reports of BIPOC applicants and have created a fair housing issue that our region has not fully grappled with.
Last October, we hosted a panel discussion of emerging research on inequities in tenant screening. Read a summary of the event here.
Join us for part two (2) of the event series to explore the challenges renters face navigating the rental housing market, programs that have supported renter access and fostered successful outcomes, and inform Family Housing Fund’s efforts to disrupt harmful and ineffective components, re-conceptualize risk, and improve housing access and outcomes for renters and landlords.
Tuesday, January 30, 2024
10:00 -11:30 am
Virtual ZOOM Webinar
10:00-11:00 Local Panel: Centering the Experiences of MN Renters and Landlords & Promising Solutions.
- Margaret Kaplan (Housing Justice Center) Renters Reclaim the Record
11:00 – 11:30 Q&A, Thank You, and Next Steps