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urban initiatives housing ex offenders

Urban Initiatives: Housing Ex-Offenders

Presented by Community Housing Network (CHN)

Kaiser Jones, Vanitia Turner, Mike Tynan and Loretta Warren

community housing network

Community Housing Network

Mission: Community Housing Network, Inc. provides safe affordable rental housing and linkage to supportive services for people with disabilities and other special needs such as homelessness. CHN serves as a developer, owner and property manger, and facilitates access to rent subsidies and private housing.

vital partnerships
Vital Partnerships
  • Community mental health agencies
  • V.A.
  • Emergency shelters
  • Other governmental and non-profit agencies
  • The Benefit Bank
other supportive housing providers in columbus
Other Supportive Housing Providers in Columbus
  • NCR – The Commons at Grant
  • Maryhaven – The Commons at Chantry
  • YMCA (2)
  • YWCA
  • Southeast Inc.

Housing Models

Recovery Housing

  • Early recovery
    • Relapse tolerant

Scattered Site Housing

  • No site based services
  • Widely scattered, low density clusters

Stages of Change Housing

  • 24/7 monitored entry
  • Engagement based
housing of ex offenders
Housing of Ex-Offenders
  • Already in each type of housing
    • Including some sex offenders
    • Excluding some arsonists, some felonies
    • CHN tenant selection policy
    • In the above programs must fit criteria of homelessness (HUD, RL)
housing of ex offenders the stages of change model
Housing of Ex-Offenders:The Stages of Change Model




“Changing for Good”

By: Prochaska, Norcross, and DiClemente

housing of ex offenders8
Re-entry, Phase I

Initiative of ODRC, ODMH, ADAMH

Partnership of CHN and Southeast

Tenant must be SMD

Re-entry, Phase II

Initiative of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, ODRC

Tenant does not have to be SMD

Housing of Ex-Offenders
housing of ex offenders challenges
Housing of Ex-Offenders:Challenges
  • Avoiding high risk areas
  • Obtaining SSI
  • Medication compliance
housing of ex offenders challenges cont
Housing of Ex-Offenders:Challenges (cont.)
  • No income (no clothes, no laundry money, no food, no furniture, etc.)
  • Rent not including utilities
  • Health insurance for non-psych medications
  • Lengthy waits to get into MH system
employment for ex offenders
Employment for Ex-Offenders
  • Current lists of employers
  • Locating and educating employers
    • Tax credits
    • Bonding issues
  • Job preparation
    • Job training in prison – for prison
    • Simple, basic, but necessary for this population