Recognizing that many people leaving jail and prison are released to homelessness or housing instability, this paper provides an overview of:
- The current housing landscape and critical gaps and barriers that people who are justice impacted face;
- Leading housing and justice advocacy and social services organizations serving people who are justice impacted;
- Opportunities within housing and justice to provide permanent supportive housing for people leaving Rikers and other jails and prison.
After a review of the current landscape, CSH outlines specific recommendations for NYC in 2021:
- Bridge the gap between justice and housing advocacy groups and city agencies;
- Prioritize supportive housing for the justice impacted population;
- Advance equity through program expansion, policy changes, and overall strategy.
With these recommendations in mind, CSH looks forward to working with leaders in the housing and justice sectors to support fellow New Yorkers who are experiencing homelessness and have been affected by the trauma of incarceration and systemic racism.