Robert Freedman is director of multimedia communications for the National Association of Realtors. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Almost a third of Americans — 100 million people — have a criminal record, and 650,000 are released from prison each year, adding to the total. This relates to housing because the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released guidelines to help rental housing managers and real estate brokers create a non-discriminatory housing policy for people with a criminal record.