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Re entry

Citizens returning from prison often find themselves barred from housing
Read Re entry in Assisted Housing a rhino!UP report

RHINO is looking at barriers facing citizens coming back to their communities following incarceration. 

Longer term solutions (2017 - beyond)
  • Build more affordable housing. National Low Income Housing Coalition says that the US needs 7.2 million affordable rental units right now. What will your community do when prisons resume release and new laws encourage diversion and shorter sentences?
  • Support efforts to reduce mass incarceration with increased investment in local services for returning citizens

What's News?

Amid a Job Boom and Worker Gap, Lehigh Valley Looks to Reentry Program

NLIHC editorializes on re entry housing and reports on new HUD guidance for re entry policies for PHAs
     Diane Yentel, President & CEO of National Low Income Housing Coalition writes "Each year, more than 600,000 people are released from federal and state prisons, while roughly 11 million more cycle through local jails. But despite serving their time, many of these formerly incarcerated individuals find themselves continuously punished for their past mistakes. This is particularly true when they seek housing—a refuge, a place where they can get back on their feet."
     Latest HUD guidance for public housing authorities may be SOS warmed over. check it out and share your impressions with RHINOs.

May 9, 2016 WaPo The Daily 202: Why criminal justice reform may actually get done this year—if these two hurdles can be overcome

April 20, 2016, Politico, Time running out for major criminal justice bill
A last-ditch effort is underway to salvage a rare alliance between GOP senators and the White House.

March 21, 2016, NLIHC Surprise, surprise: Quality of Where People Live after Incarceration Varies by Race

11/4/15: HUD issues new guidance on "arrest records" and denies "one strike" policy. This policy complements a new legal opinion from Office of General Counsel

9/19/15: Should People With Criminal Histories Be Banned From Public Housing? HUD Secretary Juliàn Castro says the agency is reconsidering rules that make it difficult for ex-offenders to access public housing.

8/3/15: Family matters (but community can help) A new study of returning citizens finds that a supportive family network is a key to successful re entry (and reduced recidivism). Read the story and follow the link to the study.

2/12/15: Shriver Center releases new report--When Discretion Means Denial Challenging owners and PHAs to use the discression that HUD provides.

1/22/15 Downtown rally focuses on plight of former prisoners "Andrews, of the Youngstown-based Ohio Organizing Collaborative, was among the many who issued a call to action as part of a People First Assembly: Our Lives Matter event that drew activists and organizations from Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and other Ohio cities."

1/14/15 Daily Beast  Koch brothers to fund criminal justice reform Spokesman says: “We are hopeful that by addressing overcriminalization, the relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve will improve,” Holden said. “Criminal justice reform is not a conservative or liberal issue, or a rich or poor issue, although the disadvantaged are the most negatively impacted by the abuses in our criminal justice system.”

12/06/14: Making Re entry a statewide issue?
The Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative plans to move forward in 2015 to engage in a comprehensive strategy of leadership development, civic engagement and voting power for returning citizens, to combat the complex issue of mass incarceration. The MVOC uses the phrase “returning citizen” as opposed to ex-convict.

more on re entry and housing here: Should A Criminal Record Come With Collateral Consequences?