At the urging of HUD, public housing authorities in communities all over the country have been revisiting their restrictions on formerly incarcerated individuals to support family reunification post-release. In four of our largest cities: Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans and New York, officials are looking to develop best practices to meet this mandate.
In New York City, CSH has partnered with the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) on a pilot program for 150 recently released former inmates, reuniting them with their families living in public housing. Participants and their families will receive case management and support as they reconnect with their community and may be added to the lease upon completion of the program.
The Wall Street Journal’s Ex-Convicts: Out of Jail but Still Barred highlights the NYCHA Pilot alongside similar programs in Chicago and New Orleans. If these projects are effective, they will demonstrate a model for public housing authorities nationwide.
Read more about the pilot here.