While landlords may use their normal tenant selection criteria in considering HOM applicants for tenancy, we encourage landlords to consider circumstances and exercise discretion in their screening to promote access to housing. Landlords should consider risk mitigation factors, including tenants’ receipt of financial assistance from HOM and case management and other supportive services from HOM social services partners. Landlords’ use of such discretion is a furtherance of the landlord’s commitment to fair housing and provides equal access to housing for individuals and/or families protected by the federal, state and local Federal Fair Housing Acts.
Please note that HOM determines only that the applicant is eligible to receive rental assistance in the programs according to applicable program eligibility criteria. HOM does not screen program participants for suitability for tenancy.
NOTE: In accordance with Federal Fair Housing Laws, it is illegal to discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.