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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.

Urban initiatives housing ex offenders

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 offenders1

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