Everyone deserves a safe place to stay. It’s more than comfort—without it, maintaining a job, building family unity, and developing consistent self care practices is incredibly difficult. But today, individuals with justice involvement histories are still routinely hindered from accessing the housing security they need to move forward. This lack of access doesn’t just impact them—it negatively affects the community at large.
On October 27, 2016, key stakeholders discussed this ever-increasing problem at Excluded: A Dialogue on Safe, Supportive and Affordable Housing for People with Justice System Involvement. Co-hosted by the Prisoner Reentry Institute of John Jay College, The Fortune Society, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), and the Supportive Housing Network of New York, participants tackled problems head-on, and brainstormed clear solutions.
The result of this work is reflected in the comprehensive report, A Place to Call Home: A Vision for Safe, Supportive and Affordable Housing for People with Justice Involvement:
In it, we address the present barriers affecting individuals with justice involvement; discuss the economic and social benefits for increasing pathways to safe, supportive housing; propose policy changes and initiatives that contribute to the successful community reentry of individuals with justice involvement; and offer clear examples of current solutions that work.
Read the report, and share it with your network. The more people talking about these needed reform measures, the greater chances we have of giving all individuals with justice involvement opportunities to rebuild their lives and contribute productively to the community.
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