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Finding a Texas home after getting out of jail

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

If you have been convicted of a crime, it may be harder to find housing in Texas or elsewhere after you are released from jail or prison. This is partially because landlords might not rent their properties to those with criminal records. It is also because you have spent several months or years without earning an income or developing the credit history needed to obtain a mortgage.

Consider living with friends or family members

An adult child, a parent or a partner may allow you to live with them while you look for a more permanent solution. In addition to possibly allowing you to stay with them rent-free, your host may also be willing to drive you to job interviews or provide other assistance. Of course, depending on the conditions of your release after a conviction for a violent crime, you may be barred from living near a school or other locations.

Government assistance may be available

Government programs may provide you with financial assistance to afford rent, food or other routine expenses. You may also have access to programs that offer down payment assistance to those looking to buy a home. This may make it easier to avoid going into debt, which can help build your credit score. Even if you aren’t looking to buy a home, a good credit score can make it easier to buy a car, rent an apartment or find a job.

For many convicted of a crime, leaving jail or prison is the first step on the road to true independence. It may be easier to reintegrate into society by taking educational or other programs offered by the jail or prison where you’re being held.