Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Reentry Housing Options

Ex-offenders have the potential to make positive contributions to society with the necessary community support. A recent guide released by the Office of Justice Programs, at the U.S. Department of Justice offers guidance for policymakers interested in connecting individuals released from prison with affordable housing. The guide, entitled “Reentry Housing Options: The Policymakers’ Guide,” focuses on housing, increasing housing stock, and revitalizing neighborhoods.

The guide does not intend to serve as a blueprint for implementing programs focused on housing for ex-offenders; however, lawmakers can reference “Reentry Housing Options” for approaches and ideas that will potentially facilitate an increase in housing opportunities for ex-offenders.

Housing is just one immediate need for ex-offenders reintegrating in society. Other concerns include access to food, education, employment, and healthcare.

For more information on Re-entry initiatives.

For previous blog posts on Re-entry.

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