What Housing Grants Do Felons Qualify For?

Felons may qualify for some housing grants depending on the nature of the crime of which they were convicted and how many grants the program has available, according to The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition. Federal Student Aid explains that grants are less likely overall to be awarded to convicted felons.

Specific housing programs for felons vary by state, according to MyGrantAdvisor.com. The U.S. Department of Labor provides resources for felons to find housing.

The Bronx Defenders explain that felons are eligible for certain public houses or Section 8 housing. Some public houses have rules against accepting tenants who have been convicted of felony-level crimes. Contact a housing attorney to determine which public houses accept felons. The only two convictions that can disqualify felons from applying to any federal public housing are sex offenses that require the person to sign the sex offenders register for life and the production of methamphetamine on public housing.

The Federal Student Aid program has similar restrictions on grants, in that these two offenses are automatically ineligible to apply. Felons convicted of other crimes are eligible to apply for a Federal Pell Grant as long as they do not attend a federal or state institution. The Pell Grant includes assistance with all education costs, including student housing through the school. While convicted felons are eligible for Pell Grants at certain schools, they are not eligible for federal student loans.