These communities have long struggled with home ownership in general and affordable housing in particular. Known as the working poor, many are 2 weeks-30 days from homelessness at any given time.
Through strong community support and innovative ideas, Primary Group Inc. and the National Task Force Network is partnering with communities and organizations across this country to create Affordable Housing Solutions.
Building tiny home communities, container homes and apartment complexes with hydroponic food systems built right inside the homes. This is just the beginning of our affordable housing solutions strategy.
Increasing income opportunities in disenfranchised communities is one of the most effective avenues to address the massive shortage in affordable housing.
Building Pathways to Success Development Centers can be a major doorway from incarceration to home ownership within 3 years. For example, upon release, clients are welcomed into the development center where they are housed for the first year.
After 12 months of successful counseling, mentoring, training and employment, qualified clients can move into apartment style quarters with their families while still participating in the system. After 18 months - 2 years of successful integration, home ownership is now possible.
Numerous studies show that when returning citizens receive the proper support, chances for a successful re-integration back into society are very high. Families can be reunited, new taxpayers are contributing, recidivism rates decrease and self-supportive citizens are created.
Creating alternative systems that include this population is far more productive to society and our economy. Everyone from the most fiscal conservative to the most liberal taxpayer has an incentive to support common sense solutions to this crisis.
Most returning citizens are trapped in an atmosphere of chronic unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse and crime. Upon release, returning citizens cannot go to the home of relatives that are receiving subsidies.
Finding employment is extremely difficult for this population, limited subsidies are available to them, so housing is a major issue.
Over 750,000 people are released from prisons each year into temporary living situations. After that, they are on their own. Lack of affordable housing poses a threat to public safety, adds to the homeless population and traps people in a vicious cycle of deep poverty.
Without adequate housing and a comprehensive support system, as many as 60% of those released are arrested for new crimes in local neighborhoods within 6 months to 3 years.
This squeezes additional funds from state budgets to re-incarcerate the same people over and over again.
Most low level non-violent offenders are incarcerated for a minor drug offense. The cost to the state and the social cost of this policy are staggering. For example, many of those arrested, held jobs and were taking care of their kids prior to incarceration.
Therefore, not only are millions of dollars in taxable income from this group lost during incarceration, child support payments and restitution also go unpaid to the point where most of those released have between $10,000 and $40,000 in debt.
This puts the family in jeopardy, children suffer, more homeless are created and the need for state subsidies such as SNAP, increases.
The United States spends $258 million dollars a day on foster care. $70 million a day of that goes directly to care for children of incarcerated parents.