Category: What’s New

Planning Council Adopts New Strategic Plan for 2018-2022

| October 18, 2017

We are thrilled to share the Roundtable’s new strategic plan, adopted by the Planning Council in September after 4 months of hard work. The new strategic plan offers an updated mission and vision for the Roundtable, as well as clarity about the group’s focus on engaging diverse stakeholders impacted by reentry; convening dialogue and critical conversations; advocating to support institutional and public policy change, and partnering to broaden our impact.

The plan outlines four primary goals for the Roundtable over the next five years:

  1. Engaging the community to better understand the impacts of incarceration and successful reentry on Travis County;
  2. Promoting solutions that assist individuals involved in the justice system to navigate their situation by limiting incarceration if possible and supporting their reentry if necessary;
  3. Eliminating unnecessary collateral consequences and social stigma that impede reintegration and increase the likelihood of recidivism; and
  4. Strengthening organizational capacity to support the Roundtable’s strategic goals.

Please take a moment to view the full document.

Announcing the Release of Locked Out: Addressing Criminal History Barriers to Affordable Rental Housing in Austin & Travis County Report

| October 17, 2016

When someone has been convicted of a crime and has paid their debt to society, then they ought to have an effective second chance in life. The ability to find housing is an indispensable part of that second chance. HUD Secretary Julián Castro

In 2015, the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable undertook the task of assessing the criminal background screening policies of local publicly subsidized housing. This report is the result of that research and it provides an overview of the Roundtable’s findings and recommendations to inform policymakers, housing industry professionals, and other community leaders in better protecting the fair housing rights and overcoming barriers to housing for persons with criminal backgrounds in Austin and Travis County.

The report reviews legal precedent and regulatory actions relating to fair housing for persons with criminal backgrounds, summarizes criminal background policies from area affordable housing properties, highlights promising practices, and recommends an approach and specific actions to move the local conversation forward.

Please review the report and join us in promoting housing policies that protect the fair housing rights of people with criminal records to ensure, in the words of HUD Secretary Julián Castro, that “families who pose no risk to community safety aren’t unduly punished.”

Read the full report here.