Many tenants we work with everyday explain significant difficulty accessing housing due to subjective screening criteria and excessive security deposit requirements. It's not uncommon for screening criteria to differ from one property manager to the next. Communities of color, immigrants and refugees, seniors, folks with disabilities and low-income people face the greatest barriers gaining access to housing. Screening criteria often includes blanket exclusion statements about someone's credit score or history, financial means and ability to pay. Further, despite federal guidance on proper screening practices for the formerly incarcerated, many folks with complicated histories find themselves struggling with gaining access to a decent apartment despite paying their debt to society and demonstrating forward movement in their lives. CAT and CAT AF work closely together to help pass stronger screening criteria requirements that decrease barriers for folks looking to access quality rental housing. See more articles and videos about the discussion below.