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NYCHA Family Reentry Pilot

CSH has partnered with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the Vera Institute of Justice to launch the Family Reentry Pilot Program (FRPP). The two-year pilot will screen 150 former inmates released within the previous 3 years and provide them with supportive reentry services with the goal of adding them to their family’s lease upon completion of the program.

Newly released prisoners face homelessness at an alarming rate. About 19% of those released from New York State prisons last year indicated that they resided in a shelter. Among other barriers to housing for formerly incarcerated people are policies that prohibit individuals with criminal records from living in public housing for up to six years depending on the nature of their offenses.

Precious regained custody of her daughter after the Fortune Society helped her secure a safe, stable apartment.  Photo courtesy of NYCHA.

Precious regained custody of her daughter after the Fortune Society helped her secure a safe, stable apartment.                Photo courtesy of NYCHA.

With the support of HUD, communities have been focusing on effective ways to help people released from prison to reunite with their families and communities in public housing.

The NYCHA Family Reentry Pilot lifts these restrictions and reunites formerly incarcerated individuals with family residing in public housing. This initiative, aimed at preventing issues prevalent among former inmates such as homelessness and recidivism, could serve as a model for public housing policy nationwide.

CSH's Role

CSH is providing technical assistance and support during the Family Reentry Pilot implementation in collaboration with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the Vera Institute of Justice. CSH coordinates a network of reentry service providers and oversees monthly meetings to ensure program efficiency and make mid-course adjustments as necessary.

Goals and Benefits

  • Reunites families and strengthens NYCHA and surrounding communities
  • Promotes public safety by providing a path for people to come out of the shadows and become stable, productive members of their community
  • Prevents recently released individuals from entering the city’s homeless shelters
  • Eases the burden on service resources and reduces returns to the criminal justice system

Target Population
The NYCHA Family Reentry Pilot is open to candidates released from a correctional facility within the last 3 years; who are at least 16 years old and would like to reunite with family members who currently live in a NYCHA apartment. Those selected must be willing to participate in intensive case management services for 6 months to 2 years.

Partners

Vera Institute of Justice

New York City Housing Authority

NYC Department of Homeless Services

NYC Department of Corrections

NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Service Providers

Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES)

Center for Community Alternatives (CCA)

ComALERT at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office

Exodus Transitional Community

Fortune Society

Getting Out and Staying Out

Harlem Community Justice Center

Osborne Association

Palladia

STRIVE International

Women’s Prison Association

Recent Media Coverage

In Search of Second Chances | NY Times | 5.31.14

Ex-Convicts: Out of Jail but Still Barred | Wall Street Journal | 5.13.14

Ban on Former Inmates in Public Housing is Eased | NY Times | 11.14.13

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