Watch Out: NYC Eases Public Housing Ban on Former Inmates

NEW YORK (AP) -

The New York City Housing Authority will allow some former inmates to live in public housing under a two-year pilot program slated to begin next month. It will place 150 former inmates in public housing and provide them with social services.

The NYCHA will be one of the first public housing agencies in the country to test lifting restrictions on recently released prisoners living in public housing. The agency hopes that the program will help former inmates reunite with their families.

Only those released within the previous 18 months, or about to be released, will be eligible. Some will be returning to their former homes, while others will be people who have relatives living in public housing.