As the leaders of Old Pueblo Community Services (OPCS) can attest, the landscape of housing and reentry services is never static. For this nonprofit organization that serves people at risk of homelessness in Pima County, Arizona, the communities they work in, their clients, funding streams, and research into best practices all evolve over time—and OPCS’ leaders recognize the importance of evolving along with that landscape.
Through pre- and post-incarceration services, Just In Reach creates a stable environment in which goals such as employment and family reunification can be built.
It Starts With Housing is a new publication from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that encourages public housing authorities to collaborate with partners to “make second chances real for the men and women returning” from jail and prison.
Assessing Housing Needs and Risks: A Screening Questionnaire
This questionnaire is intended to help reentry professionals better assess an individual’s unique housing needs and risk of homelessness upon returning to the community. Departments of correction, reentry service providers, service intake coordinators, case managers, and others should use the questionnaire as a supplement to any existing intake or case planning processes. Adequately assessing housing needs and coordinating service delivery between partner organizations closes service gaps, improves continuity of care, and reduces the likelihood of a client falling through the cracks.Read More
What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse Focus Area: Housing
This section of the What Works in Reentry Clearninghouse provides an overview and examination of key evaluative research investigating the relationship between housing programs and recidivism reduction. Below, researchers highlight the results and conclusions of research that met the criteria for methodological rigor and provide a basis for comparing and discussing effective strategies for overcoming barriers to housing access that have emerged in the reentry field in recent years.Read More
Report of the Federal Interagency Reentry Council: Housing
The Federal Interagency Reentry Council (The Council) has been working since 2011 to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes related to employment, education, housing, health, and child welfare for people involved with the criminal justice system. This report summarizes The Council’s accomplishments related housing.Read More