The Role of Supportive Housing in Reducing Recidivism
Date:  09-07-2012

Ohio pilot program targeting high-risk reentrants found to be cost effective and to reduce reincarceration
Supportive Housing for Returning Prisoners: Outcomes and Impacts of the Returning Home—Ohio Pilot Project a research report issued by the Urban Institute Justice Policy Center defines supportive housing as “the combination of permanent affordable housing with supportive services, intended to help residents maintain residential stability. Supportive services typically include coordinated case management, mental health and health services, substance abuse treatment, and vocational and employment services, among other services.” Until now, according to the report, there has not been much research done on how supportive housing impacts reentrants.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) created the Returning Home Ohio (RHO) pilot program to work with inmates deemed to be at-risk in an attempt to connect them to stable and secure housing , and supportive services, before they are released.

The report concludes that the program was cost effective, reduced recidivism and was able to plug reentrants into needed services such as substance abuse and mental health treatment.

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