Reentry Housing Options Chart (National - Reentry Policy Council)
Ex-Offender Housing Mythbusters (National Reentry Resource Center-Council of State Governments)
Housing Non-Discrimination Directive to protect rights for those with criminal records (Housing and Urban Development Secretary, April 2012), and related details and links
Rental help in Texas (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development -HUD)
U.S. Department of HUD - Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
If you need help paying your mortgage, you may be eligible for assistance through a variety of programs as listed here from USA.gov.
Through the Making Home Affordable program, you can
- Refinance and take advantage of lower mortgage interest rates.
- Reduce your monthly mortgage payments.
- Get mortgage relief if you're unemployed.
- Get help when you owe more than your home is worth.
- Avoid foreclosure when homeownership is no longer affordable or desirable.
You can also talk to a housing counselor to get advice on buying a home, avoiding foreclosure, or learning about reverse mortgages. If you're considering refinancing your mortgage, learn the costs and determine if the time is right for you. Get help with your mortgage and foreclosure questions
ADVOCACY GROUPS AND INFORMATION
Texas Offender Reentry Initiative (TORI) of the Potter's House is a great Reentry and ex-offender housing resource in Dallas.
Here's a great Dallas agency called Homebase for Housing which is a housing information and referral program dedicated to preventing homelessness and improving the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS (and many other categories) in Dallas County and seven surrounding Counties. Homebase for Housing has collaborated with local AIDS Service Organizations and other housing community based organizations to develop an extensive clearinghouse of information and referrals for housing options as well as other related supportive services.
- One-on-one individual housing search assistance
- Resource room available for clients with access to phone and computers
- Access to housing search website
- Referrals for housing and utility payments
- Referrals to housing support agencies and financial assistance
- Email set up, free to clients
Texas Tenant Rights Advisor (general information)
National Low Income Housing Coalition – Texas Partners
How to get Section 8 Housing assistance with a criminal record (Legal Action Center)
Austin Street Shelter
Tel: 214 428 4242
Dallas Life Foundation
Tel: 214 421 1380
711 S. St. Paul
Tel: 214 741 6515 ext. 101
224 W. Page
24HR: 214 941 8578
Youth Shelter Ages 10-17
Transitional Housing Ages 18 - 21
The Family Place
Victims of Domestic Violence
Tel: 214 941 1991
The Salvation Army
5302 Harry Hines Blvd.
Tel: 214 424 7000
3211 Irving Blvd.
Men: 214 637 6117
Women & Children: 214 638 2988
YMCA Casa Shelter 24HR
Tel: 214 358 4504
Youth Shelter Ages 10-17
The Bridge – Dallas Multi-Agency Coalition Shelter
Austin Street Shelter (Dallas)
AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPTIONS
Texas Dept. of Housing/Community Affairs - Clearinghouse for Affordable Housing Vacancies