The Opportunity Starts at Home multisector affordable homes campaign collaborated with JustLeadershipUSA to publish a downloadable “Criminal Justice/Housing” fact sheet on its website. JustLeadershipUSA, which is dedicated to cutting the nation’s correctional population in half by 2030, is the latest organization to join the campaign’s national Steering Committee.
The fact sheet includes landmark research and infographics on the affordable housing needs of individuals transitioning out of the criminal justice system. Every year, over 600,000 people return to their communities from prison and face a myriad of challenges, especially profound housing insecurity. According to a 2017 study from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, roughly 48,000 people entering shelters every year recently left prisons or jails. A study of recently incarcerated people and their families found that 79% of survey respondents were either ineligible for or denied housing because of their own or a loved one’s conviction history.
View and download the fact sheet here.
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