Report by Diana T. Myers and Associates, Inc. (2010) outlining the importance of housing for diverting people with justice involvement and mental illness, and providing methods and models to successfully incorporate housing plans in a variety of communities.
The Supportive Housing Program provides grants to States, units of
local government, and other governmental entities to develop
supportive housing and services that will allow homeless persons to
live as independently as possible. This Desk Guide will take you
through the life cycle of a grant, incorporating everything from very
basic information to the intricacies of grant administration.
This document from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness in collaboration with the Social Security Administration (SSA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and SAMHSA is intended to improve practices and collaboration among SSA field offices, VA Medical Center staff, organizations and agencies that provide services to people experiencing homelessness, and other community-based partners.
This series of booklets, produced by SAMHSA, outlines the essential components of supportive housing services and programs for people with mental illness. Discusses how to develop new programs within mental health systems that are grounded in evidence-based practices. Kit includes nine booklets:
The policy guide provides practical steps that lawmakers and others
can take to increase public safety through better access to affordable
housing for individuals released to the community. It offers an
overview of several commonly accessed housing options and also
examined three distinct approaches to increasing the availability of
these options: improving access, increasing housing stock and
Several states have reduced their prison costs and their recidivism rates through housing for re-entering inmates. Bringing together corrections officials, nonprofit organizations, funders, and community members to address the issue of re-entry has led to both immediate and long-term cost savings. This report describes state models of re-entry housing that are showing promising results in saving costs and reducing recidivism. Applying lessons learned from effective models in other states, this report presents five recommendations for justice reinvestment in re-entry housing In Pennsylvania. Implementing the recommendations through justice reinvestment dollars will reduce recidivism rates thereby making communities safer while saving the state money.
This report released by The Urban Institute Justice Policy Center details a pilot project, Returning Home-Ohio (RHO), placed 84 former prisoners with disabilities (including mental illness and substance abuse) in supportive housing. After one year participants were less likely to have been arrested or reincarcerated. Additionally members of the pilot program were much more likely to receive substance abuse and mental health services. Participation in the program resulted in an increase in costs in the short term.
The Returning Home Initiative (RHI) aims to establish permanent supportive housing as an essential component of reintegrating formerly incarcerated persons with histories of disabilities and housing instability and break the costly cycle of incarceration, homelessness, and emergency services utilization. This final report focuses on the system change accomplishments of RHI in three cities: New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.