The Issue

Every year, tens of thousands of people experience homelessness upon reentering their communities from incarceration. Once homeless, they are more vulnerable to increased contact with the justice system, creating a revolving door of contact with law enforcement, courts, and incarceration that strains systems mainly designed to respond to emergencies. Indeed, people experiencing homelessness are 11 times more likely to be arrested than the general public, and people with criminal justice contact are 10 times more likely to experience homelessness.

Without connections to housing, homelessness is a common experience for people returning from prison and jail.
  • The S. is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis that affects everyone.
  • Stigma and collateral consequences of conviction limit access to what housing remains for people returning from incarceration, who experience this crisis more acutely than the general public.
  • Lack of affordable housing is cited as the biggest barrier to reentry by reentry coordinators nationwide.
Safe, affordable housing, many people cycle between incarceration, hospitals, shelters, and the streets.
Research shows that Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) disproportionately experience both homelessness and incarceration.