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I Have a Criminal Background

Criminal Background Resources:

A survivor’s criminal history can create additional barriers to leaving, given that a criminal history may legally be used to deny housing. However, if the conviction was related to the domestic violence (ie: defending yourself, dual arrest at the scene), you may be able to talk to a landlord about the specifics of the conviction and get them to reconsider.

Please be aware if you are currently a criminal defendant, that accepting any plea deal may make it harder for you to access housing in the future.

Housing Options for Survivors with Criminal Backgrounds:

Any of the existing DV programs are available to assist you if you have been incarcerated or have a criminal background and are experiencing domestic violence. If you are currently incarcerated and would like assistance finding housing when you are released you can contact:


Address: 2619-23 Bladensburg Road NE
Phone: 301-386-4200
Fax: 301-386-4203 02.543.5092
Web: www.dianeshouse.org/ 

Population Served: Single women.
Services: Transitional housing for 2 years; assistance with obtaining long-term transitional housing or placement in a treatment program.
Admission Process: Women must interview with Diane’s House Ministries before being admitted to transitional housing.  
Eligibility Requirements:
 Single woman.

Wheelchair Accessible:No

Can I Apply for Public Housing if I Have a Criminal Background?

DCHA may deny admission to any family if an adult family member has been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving violence or destruction of property; or has participated in a “documented” violent behavior, even if it did not result in conviction.

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