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New Beginnings: The Need for Supportive Housing for Previously Incarcerated People
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When individuals re-enter into homelessness from the criminal justice system they are faced with many problems, which can often lead to recidivism. This report offers insight into how supportive housing programs can help to mitigate these barriers and aid in reducing recidivism.
Creating supportive housing for individuals leaving the criminal justice system represents a socially, morally and fiscally smart imperative. It offers significantly to reduce the rates of homelessness and recidivism in a segment of society so prone to both. This paper illuminates the multiplicity of reasons why ex-offenders struggle to re-integrate into free society and argues convincingly that affordable housing tied to support services such as alcohol and substance abuse treatment, job training and placement, mental health counseling, family re-unification and permanent housing placement has the capacity to save individual livelihoods, entire families, and many millions of local, state and federal dollars. There is no single model for how re-entry housing should look. As illustrated in this publication, organizations around the country are experimenting and succeeding at developing flexible, responsive models that address and eliminate the myriad issues associated with a prisoner’s re-entry. In light of this, it is incumbent upon constituencies and governments at all levels to advocate for both heightened awareness and increased funding of supportive housing for previously incarcerated people. (Authors)
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