Establishing supportive housing as an essential component of reintegrating ex-offenders into communities

Each year, over 600,000 individuals are released from prison and over 7 million are released from jail. They typically return to impoverished communities facing significant barriers to reintegration. Co-occurring and untreated mental and physical health conditions within this group frequently lead to behaviors that prompt community complaints resulting in police intervention, re-arrest, and re-incarceration. These individuals also represent the most frequent and highest cost users of both corrections and safety net institutions (hospitals, clinics, shelters, and public agencies). The purpose of this project is to advance the concept of re-entry supportive housing as a core component of community-wide strategies targeting individuals leaving or at risk of returning to prison and jail. Supportive housing can help stabilize this population and get them into treatment through on-site care and referrals. The project will be led by the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), a national technical assistance and fiscal intermediary that works with federal, state, and local policy makers; service providers; community groups; developers; and financial institutions to build supportive housing as a solution to address chronic homelessness. With funding from the JEHT Foundation and the Open Society Institute, CSH developed a model that targeted and met the needs of individuals incarcerated on average 100 days in any given year and who are at the highest risk of recidivism due mainly to mental and physical health problems and lack of social support. An evaluation of this model in New York City showed decreased recidivism and higher rates of treatment. Under this project, CSH will develop 750 units of re-entry supportive housing in New York City and Los Angeles. In addition, CSH will provide limited assistance to states that face similar challenges and have a significant commitment to re-entry initiatives.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $6,000,000.00

Awarded on: 1/26/2006

Time frame: 2/1/2006 - 5/31/2009

Grant Number: 53461


Corporation for Supportive Housing

61 Broadway, Suite 2300
New York, 10006-2807


Nancy K. McGraw
Project Director