Pilot Program Offers “Second Chance” To Formerly Incarcerated To Reunite With There Families

Program to do just that. The program is designed to reunite individuals out of prison and/or jail with their families who live in public housing and provide them with supportive re-entry services.

lightbulb_300x300The Family Re-entry Pilot Program is a collaborative effort with the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS), the Vera Institute and the Corporation of Supportive Housing, among other partners. The program will provide intensive case management and support to project participants and their families with the goal that eventually they will reside in the public housing household on a permanent basis and remain out of the homeless shelter system.

In order to be eligible, participants must be at least 16 years old; be within a certain category of family relationship with the NYCHA tenant of record; want to live with family members who agree to participate and currently live in a NYCHA apartment; be willing to participate in intensive case management services for 6-12 months; and have been released from a correctional facility within the last 18 months, among other requirements. Participating provider organizations will identify and refer eligible participants to NYCHA.

The program is expected to serve 150 participants over two years. The participants will receive permission to live in the household for two years while they are enrolled in the program. If the pilot participant successfully completes the requirements of the program, his or her family can ask NYCHA to add the participant to the NYCHA household on a permanent basis.

NYCHA residents interested in learning more about the program can contact the Family Re-entry Pilot Program 212-306-6024, send an e-mail to family.reentry@nycha.nyc.gov, or contact one of these participating providers:

Adolescent Portable Therapy
(212) 376-5203

Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES)
(212) 553-6312

Center for Community Alternatives (CCA)
(718) 858-9658
Ask for: Housing Specialist

ComALERT at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office
(718) 250-3281

Exodus Transitional Community
(917) 492-0990
Ask for: Contract Manager

Fortune Society
(212) 691-7554

Harlem Community Justice Center
(212) 360-4131

Osborne Association
(718) 707-2638
Ask for: Director of Workforce Development

(646) 771-5143
Ask for: DuWanda Young