The de Blasio Administration has demonstrated a commitment to improve policing and corrections practices across New York City. A recent NY Times article highlighted the high percentage of people with mental health diagnoses in jail at Rikers, and the consequence of a facility and staff who are not equipped to meet their needs. Mayor de Blasio’s appointment of reform-minded Joseph Ponte to Commissioner of NYC Dept. of Corrections and establishment of a Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System has demonstrated the Mayor’s commitment to improving this system.
CSH established a Reentry Housing workgroup to develop policy recommendations to ensure that the new administration fully understands the housing needs and issues of people reentering the community from jail or prison. Without stable housing and support, this population is at risk of getting stuck in the cycle of homelessness and incarceration. The workgroup included organizations with specific expertise in criminal justice and related housing issues including: The Bridge, Brooklyn Community Housing and Services, The Bronx Defenders, CASES, The Fortune Society, From Punishment to Public Health (P2PH), Hour Children, Legal Action Center, Neighbors Together, The Osborne Association, Prisoner Reentry Institute, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Providence House.
Please click on the link below to read the policy recommendations developed through this collaborative process. The recommendations include expanding access to supportive housing, affordable housing, and removing barriers to public and market rate housing. We hope you will share and support these recommendations so that thousands of New Yorkers will have the tools they need to successfully reintegrate into our communities.
Reentry Housing Policy Recommendations: