Zero Returns to Homelessness Resource and Technical Assistance Guide

Every year, tens of thousands of people experience homelessness as they return to their communities from incarceration. The Zero Returns to Homelessness Resource and Technical Assistance Guide is a self-service resource designed to help cross-systems partners expand housing in their communities and move toward a vision where every person returning home from incarceration has a safe, stable place to call home. This guide details best practices and strategies around reentry housing and is best used by state and local leaders who have authority to convene partners, affect policy and practice changes, and help facilitate cross-systems conversations. Photo credit: Inna Dodor via iStock

Thomas Coyne, Sean Quitzau, and Joseph Hayashi, CSG Justice Center | April 2024 | The Council of State Governments Justice Center

Project Credits

Writing: Thomas Coyne, Sean Quitzau, and Joseph Hayashi, CSG Justice Center

Research: Thomas Coyne, CSG Justice Center

Advising: Charley Francis, CSG Justice Center

Editing: Darby Baham, CSG Justice Center

Design: Michael Bierman

Web Development: Yewande Ojo, CSG Justice Center

Public Affairs: Aisha Jamil and Sarah Kelley, CSG Justice Center

About the author

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Project Manager, Behavioral Health
Thomas Coyne provides technical assistance to jurisdictions addressing the housing needs of people with mental illnesses who are involved with the criminal justice system. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, he worked on health and housing policy with the
Health & Housing Integration team at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He brings field experience from social work, having worked extensively with people who have serious mental illnesses in Washington, DC, as well as with families reuniting with their children from foster care in Michigan. Thomas earned his BS in criminal justice and BA in sociology from Madonna University and his MPP from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University.
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    Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Sean Quitzau helps states and communities design and implement programs and policies that increase access to safe, affordable housing for individuals who have been involved with the criminal justice system. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Sean worked as the
    outreach team lead for SEARCH Homeless Services in Houston, TX, where he oversaw multiple street outreach programs designed to rapidly move people from the streets into permanent housing. Previously, Sean worked on policy in the Houston Mayor’s Office for Homeless Initiatives and as an advocate on behalf of the city’s nationally recognized “The Way Home” Housing First initiative. Sean has a BA in international affairs with a concentration in conflict resolution from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.
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    Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Joseph Hayashi provides technical assistance focused on substance use disorders, co-occurring substance use disorders, and mental illnesses to enhance collaboration between local and state agencies. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Joseph directed a program for local youth in an
    underserved area. Previously, Joseph worked for the Jackson County, Oregon, Transition Center, where he worked with incarcerated individuals who had substance use needs. Joseph has a BS in criminal justice from Southern Oregon University and an MA in international policy and development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
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