[Hpn] New Vera Publication: Preventing Homelessness Among People Leavin g Prison

Nino Rodriguez NRodriguez@Vera.org
Tue, 27 Jan 2004 10:42:49 -0500

              NEW PUBLICATION
                        from the Vera Institute of Justice

by Nino Rodriguez and Brenner Brown

Every day, people are released from prisons across the country and 
many of them do not have a place to live. As concern about offender 
reentry gains momentum -- notably in this week's State of the Union 
address -- greater attention is being focused on the fact that many 
people leaving prison are homeless, making it difficult for them to 
establish stable, crime-free lives in their communities.  

"Preventing Homelessness Among People Leaving Prison" examines 
homelessness among former inmates, shares examples of local 
corrections agencies' efforts to address it, and offers insights from
Vera's Project Greenlight, an in-prison program that provided 
comprehensive transition services -- including housing assistance -- 
to felony offenders reentering communities in New York City.

Project Greenlight found, for example, that an action as simple as 
building strong partnerships with government agencies and community 
organizations was essential to its ability to find housing for the 
majority of inmates who requested help. "Preventing Homelessness 
Among People Leaving Prison" details Project Greenlight's housing 
assistance program and outlines insights for practitioners who are 
facing a similar problem. 

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