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.
Content categorized as Re-entry
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.
The D.C. City Council passed a bill in July creating a program that would teach citizens returning from incarceration entrepreneurship skills. The legislation has not received funding yet, although advocates are pushing for its inclusion in the FY 2018 budget. The Department of Small and Local Business is running a similar pilot program called Aspire to Entrepreneurship for returning citizens.
Pope Francis’ historic September 22-24 Washington visit brings particular interest to the homeless community. Pope Francis has given attention to issues of homelessness, poverty, and… Read more »
Women on the Rise held Howard University’s second annual female reentry leadership conference last month. Seminars to help previously incarcerated women readjust to life on… Read more »
Lester L. Benjamin talks about his experiences with spirituality and Street Sense.
The story of Victor Blokhine and his experiences dealing with a language barrier and being falsely accused.
Reporting from an event discussing difficulties faced by those with criminal convictions in seeking employment.