Opening Doors: How to Develop Reentry Programs Using Examples from Public Housing Authorities
Date:  09-29-2017

Public Housing Authorities are reuniting families by recruiting applicants in prison and via probation officers and allowing those with Section 8 vouchers to share housing with formerly incarcerated family members
From the Vera Institute of Justice Fact Sheet for the report Opening Doors: How to Develop Reentry Programs Using Examples from Public Housing Authorities:

There are more than 3,000 public housing authorities (PHAs) in the United States that are often the primary sources of affordable housing in the community. For people who are being released from prison or jail, they are also places to reconnect with their families and to establish a foundation for employment and other opportunities, factors that contribute to a person’s successful transition into the community. Further, housing stability reduces the risk of homelessness, which decreases the risk of involvement in the criminal justice system. However, admissions criteria for much of the country’s public housing bars people with conviction histories. Recent public attention to the difficulties that people with conviction histories face in securing safe and affordable housing has opened opportunities for reform. Across the country, PHAs have developed reentry programs or have made changes to their policies using existing housing stock to prevent homelessness, reduce recidivism, and reunite families. Their goals in creating these programs are often the same: improving the lives of formerly incarcerated people, helping residents become self-sufficient, and keeping public housing communities safe.

This guide explores the lessons learned from implementing reentry programs and policy changes, and can be used as a resource for PHAs and other stakeholders focusing on providing housing for people involved in the justice system. Continue reading Fact Sheet here.

Read the full report here.