The Opportunity Forum
is an interdisciplinary collaboration of University of Texas faculty working to foster the expansion of equitable opportunities for low-income Texans. Through applied research, educational forums, and experiential learning opportunities, the Forum engages the University and community leaders in developing inclusive strategies to improve low-income Texans' access to economic opportunities and to foster stronger and more equitable communities.
The 2016 State of Texas Children Report highlights the historical and current policies that maintain financial, educational, and health disparities for children across ethnic, racial, and gender lines. Closing the gap will require strong, equity-focused policies at the local level. Read the policy recommendations in the full report.
Materials from the event Locked Out! Criminal History as a Barrier to Housing Access is now available for you to view online, including a video recording of the discussion and a presentation by Sara Pratt.
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Sara Pratt, Counsel at Relman, Dane & Colfax in Washington D.C., presented these policy recommendations for criminal backgrounds and tenant screenings at the Opportunity Forum 2016-2017 lunch series event Locked Out! Criminal History as Barrier to Housing Access.