U.S. Pilot Project Smooths The Transition From Jail To Community

Prison Bound photo by Thomas Hawk is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
Home again, home again? A novel form of intervention can prevent return to prison.

The Homecoming Project in Oakland, California matches people who are leaving prison with community hosts who provide housing for six months. The idea is to provide safe and secure housing and avoid landing back in prison.

And it’s working. Since the project began in 2018, all 27 participants have found jobs or are upgrading their education. None have gone back inside.

The success of the project has translated finally to temporary funding, following months of rejection letters. Impact Justice, which organized the project, plans to use the new funding to increase the number of matches and help other communities get started.

Read more about the Homecoming project in NEXTCITY: The ‘Airbnb for Returning Citizens’ Gives People More Than Just a Second Chance

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