Advocating for Safe and Affordable Housing to Ensure Successful Reintegration of the Justice-Involved
One of the most critical issues contributing to the successful community reintegration of people who have had contact with the criminal justice system is locating safe and affordable housing. Homelessness is linked to both incarceration and reoffense. Too often, however, the justice-involved face barriers like discrimination, stigma, and onerous public policies that keep them from establishing the stable living environments that are so crucial to their success.
Through its Housing Initiatives, PRI engages in advocacy, collaboration, and research to eliminate the obstacles that prevent those reentering the community from finding the supportive housing and housing assistance they need.
|ADVOCACY||Work Group on NYCHA Permanent Exclusions
PRI is working with a diverse group of organizations and tenant-stakeholders to overturn the New York City Housing Authority’s discriminatory permanent exclusion housing policy that has devastated the justice-involved and their families, resulting in lifetime bans from the City’s public housing even for misdemeanor crimes and arrests that did not lead to conviction. Click HERE to read more about PRI’s advocacy efforts on behalf of New York City’s public housing tenants and their families.
|Three-Quarter Houses: The View From the Inside | Reentry Research in the First Person
Three-Quarter Houses, typically small buildings that rent bunks in shared rooms, usually for profit, represent one of a dwindling number of housing options for reentering citizens. Three-Quarter Houses: The View from the Inside is the first systematic and comprehensive study of this category of transitional housing in New York City. A collaboration among PRI, MFY Legal Services, and Neighbors Together, the investigation revealed rampant building code violations, dangerous overcrowding, and illegal practices, including unlawful evictions without court process and dubious ties to programs that bill Medicaid. The report findings also stressed the lack of available alternatives and the need to develop policy solutions that will protect residents’ safety and housing options. Click HERE to download the report.
|In Our Backyard: Overcoming Community Resistance to Reentry Housing (A NIMBY Toolkit)
Community opposition can be one of the greatest challenges an organization faces when seeking to establish services for populations that are considered “threatening.” “Not in My Back Yard” – commonly referred to as NIMBY – resistance can result in significant program delays or complete shutdowns. PRI’s collaborative work with the Fortune Society resulted in the report In Our Backyard: Overcoming Community Resistance to Reentry Housing (a NIMBY Toolkit). The toolkit, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, and developed with contributions from the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers College, Columbia University, provides organizations with ways to address community opposition to the provision of housing to formerly incarcerated people. Click HERE to download the report.