One of our vendors gives us a different voice on why there needs to be a new halfway house in the District.
Content categorized as Re-entry
Hope Village was granted an extension on its contract by the Federal Bureau of Prisons until Apr. 30, 2020.
A Street Sense vendor tells about his experience with the message that homelessness can affect anyone.
With Hope Village set to close at the end of October and no plan in place to replace it, men returning home from federal incarceration are losing a critical piece of the reintegration process. The barrier this adds to the reintegration process only lengthens the list of challenges these men already face when they come home.
A Street Sense Vendor and former resident of Hope Village describes some of his experiences in the halfway house and why Hope Village should not be in operation anymore.
Martha’s Table announced a new partnership with the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizens’ Affairs to extend its Outfitters program to D.C.’s returning citizens. According to the CEO, Outfitters could serve as many as 4,000 new members through the partnership, a tremendous expansion from its current monthly membership of 1,200.
Regardless of the years of reports showing poor conditions and minimal resources, the value of Hope Village remains debated as federally incarcerated DC residents across the country fear losing their one connection to home.
The fissure between DC marijuana law and workplace drug testing policies adds a new barrier for returning citizens from the criminal justice system.
Artist and vendor Ronald Smoot reflects on his re-entry process and shares his hope for the future.
Vendor and artist Marcus McCall asks for advice on how to turn his life around and recover from addiction.
Charlton Battle talks about his recent return to StreetSense.
Marcus Green talks about his new job.
On September 20th, approximately 6,800 out-of-school and unemployed D.C. youth attended the Opportunity Fair & Forum. Special resources were provided for homeless and at-risk youth.
FY 2018 budget does not identify funding for Incarceration to Incorporation Entrepreneurship Program Act of 2016 despite being unanimously passed as a law in 2016. Current D.C. employment and entrepreneurship services for returning citizens cannot provide for the amount of people released from the Department of Corrections, and do not focus on creating education partnerships to facilitate reintegration into society for retuning citizens.
Advocates and representatives of the homeless population testified at a Committee on Human Services hearing and said that Bowser’s amendment could prevent certain people from receiving housing and shelter.
The approved budget for fiscal year 2018 will decrease funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program by 21 percent from last year. Although ERAP has been difficult to navigate, many say it is crucial for low-income housing.
Since its creation in mid-2014, the Alternative to the Court Experience diversion program has provided necessary resources to hundreds of young people while protecting them from the juvenile justice system, which experts say often fails to rehabilitate youth.
One of our Vendors speaks about how she could manifest anything she aspired to in life just by thinking of it.
Meridian Hill Pictures’ documentary “City of Trees” portrays how Washington Parks and People’s Green Corps training program sought to offer employment training to jobless D.C. residents, despite financial struggles, at the height of the recent economic recession.
After intolerable time spent in prison, ex-offenders returning to society face difficulties finding housing and employment. Jubilee Jobs, D.C non-profit, helps low-income D.C. residents find housing and connects employers to returning citizens, many of whom were imprisoned due to misdemeanors like minor drug possession.