Augustine Cita had a good union job, working for $28 an hour as a marble mason. By the usual standards, he should have been a great candidate to rent an apartment.
But he could not get past the first interview.
“I put in applications at 10–12 places,” Cita said. “Nobody would touch me. It was very stressful and very depressing, looking for a place to live.”
The reason? Cita served time in 2006. Even after completing his sentence in 2013 and living without any legal issues since, he found that his past was standing in the way of his future.