CSH's Federal Policy Work on People Involved with Criminal Justice

CSH is at the intersection of policy and practice when it comes to promoting supportive housing as an appropriate tool to assist those who are exiting incarceration and who have histories of homelessness.

Our broad federal policy goals are to identify and reduce barriers within federal programs that assist the creation of re-entry supportive housing units, and to support additional funding for these programs.  This includes:

  • Reauthorization of the Second Chance Act, including language to better focus resources towards those exiting incarceration with histories of homelessness or mental illness
  • Reducing barriers for people with criminal histories to turn their lives around while receiving assistance from HUD’s Section 8, McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program and other HUD and SAMHSA programs
  • Advancing the concept of Criminal Justice Reinvestment – incentivizing communities to analyze criminal justice spending and shift investments towards risk-reducing activities, including supportive housing.



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